Rowing finishes final session at Lake Natoma Invitational
April 19, 2009
GOLD RIVER, Calif. - The University of Texas Rowing team claimed second place in the group three final team points total at the inaugural Lake Natoma Invitational. The Longhorns' varsity boats competed against Central Florida and Sacramento State in their final session, while UT's novice eight took on UCLA in the petite finals.
Texas' first varsity eight comprised of coxswain Mary Cait McPherson, stroke Jen VanderMaarel, Felicia Izaguirre-Werne , Meg George, Karli Sheahan, Jelena Zunic, Nancy Arrington, Colleen Irby and Sara Cottingham finished second in its final, posting a time of 6:42.37, finishing behind Sacramento State (6:41.80) and ahead of UCF (6:45.77).
"This weekend's race results were disappointing," head coach Carie Graves said. "Our team needs to own its races consistently and when they do that they will have more consistent results."
The Longhorns second varsity eight of coxswain Annie Heiner, Jacqueline Gorcyca, Allison Weiland, Stephanie Matejka, Callie Mattrisch, Courtney Nicklas, Anna Thomson, Laura Perkins and Angela Kirchner completed its final with a second-place finish. The 2V8 clocked a time of 7:00.97, finishing ahead of Sacramento State (7:07.90), while trailing UCF (6:53.50)
Texas' varsity four boat of coxswain Colby Lowrey, Sally Tunell, Tajana Lovric, Katrina Cerk and Emily Cook posted a time of 7:46.49 and finished second, falling to UCF (7:38.00) and besting Sacramento State (8:22.21).
The novice boat of coxswain Emma Dirks, Julia Stevens, Tatianna Dillon, Liz Keenan, Audrey Ullman, Lucia Babar, Daryn Ofzcarzak, Caitlin Cash and Natasia Giles earned a victory in its dual race with UCLA, knocking off the Bruins, 7:13.25-to-7:23.84.
"Overall we just need to develop more consistency as we prepare for the Big 12 Championship," Graves said. "The team needs to know that they are control of how they row and that they need to go out and expect to do well."
Texas returns to the water on Saturday, May 2 at the Big 12 Championship in Kansas City, Kan.