No. 15 Rowing wins Conference USA Championship
May 14, 2011
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - The 15th-ranked Texas Rowing picked up its second conference title of the season, Saturday afternoon sweeping all of its races to claim the second-annual Conference USA Championship at Melton Hill Lake. Two weeks after winning its third-straight Big 12 title the Longhorns won their 1V8, 2V8 and 1V4 races to claim the C-USA crown.
In conjunction with the championship, head coach Carie Graves was named the C-USA Coach of the Year, while senior stroke Jennifer VanderMaarel was tabbed as the C-USA Rowing Athlete of the Year and freshman Sydney Boyes garnered C-USA Newcomer of the Year accolades. Additionally seniors Tajana Lovric, Sally Tunell and Jelena Zunic joined VanderMaarel on the all-conference squad.
Texas won the overall title with 48 points with runner-up Tennessee totaling 42 points after placing second in all three scoring events. Oklahoma (32) finished third overall, with a bronze medal in the Second Varsity 8 race. UCF (31) placed fourth and Tulsa (26) finished fifth after bronze medals in the Varsity 8 and Varsity 4, respectively.
Texas' first varsity eight crew of coxswain Megan Kelly, VanderMaarel, Laurel McCaig, Jacqueline Gorcyca, Jessica Glennie, Zunic, Anna Thomson, Boyes and Felicia Izaguirre-Werner won the first varsity eight race, clocking a time of 6:28.8 to best Tennessee (6:29.26) and UCF (6:40.07).
The Horns' second varsity eight comprised of coxswain Emma Dirks, stroke Charity McDonald, Lovric, Hannah Moon, Chelsea Burns, Olivia Nail, Courtney Nicklas, Katarina Susac and Karli Sheahan notched a victory, crossing the finish in 6:38.80 to down Tennessee (6:43.6) and Oklahoma (6:50.06).
In the first varsity four race, Texas' boat of coxswain Katie Sayre, Shelly Beck, Devon Clark, Tunell and Sarah Pedersen posted a time of 7:17.20 in its victory, defeating Tennessee (7:19.18) and Tulsa (7:22.80)
In a non-championship event, the Horns' novice boat of coxswain Rachel Donnelly, stroke Brenna Coldren, Megan Sinclair, Lauren Studey, Phoebe Jordan, Johanna Neuber, Kaylinh Ly, Jillian Byron and Renee Gutberlet registered a win, crossing the finish in 6:43.50.
UT's entry of coxswain Emily Lantz, Taylor Parker, Margaret Harlow, Tea Vrtlar and Lyndsey DuBose placed second in the open four, recording a time of 7:13.41 and finishing behind Tennessee (7:08.80) in a non-championship event.
Texas now awaits its NCAA fate when the championship field is announced on Tuesday, May 17 on NCAA.com. The selection begins at 4 p.m. Central.
C-USA Final Results
2011 C-USA Coach of the Year
2010 C-USA Rowing Athlete of the Year
2011 C-USA Newcomer of the Year
2011 Rowing All-Conference USA Team
Second Varsity 8