Rowing wins fifth consecutive Fighting Nutria trophy
AUSTIN, Texas -- The University of Texas women's rowing team won its fifth consecutive trophy at the Fighting Nutria Saturday on Town Lake. The Fighting Nutria, which began in 2002, is an annual competition between the Longhorns varsity crews and the school's club program, while the Austin Rowing Club also competed in the competition.
In the women's eight race, Texas' varsity and novice eight crews turned in solid performances as they were competing for the first time since the Rivanna Romp in Charlottesville, Va. on Nov. 13.
"We were happy with the positive results after a long time away from competition," said head UT rowing coach Carie Graves. "It was a great day and we wanted to see some good times and effort, I feel like we saw both. It is a step in the right direction but there is still work to be done."
The Longhorns' two varsity eight boats turned in times of 29:02.00 and 29:14.00, respectively, followed by a pair of novice boats that rowed the course in 29:24.00 and 30:13.00. UT's final eight boat finished with a mark of 30:13.00.
The race is the length of Town Lake and the winner was determined by the following formula. The top five finishers in the men's and women's eight boats will receive points. If places in the top five are taken by any other eight boats other than those from UT Crew or UT Rowing they shall keep those points.
Texas will hit the water again on March 17-19 when it hosts the Longhorn Invitational on Town Lake in Austin.
Race Team Time 1. TX Crew Men A 26.33.00 2. TX Crew Men B 27.25.00 3. TX Crew Men E 28.29.30 4. TX Crew Men C 28.42.00 5. TX Crew Men D 28.46.00 6. UT Women A 29.02.00 7. UT Women B 29.14.00 8. UT Women Novices A 29.24.00 9. UT Women Novices B 30.13.00 10. UT Women C 30.13.00 11. UT Women Novices C 31.19.00 12. TX Crew Women 33.10.00 13. UT Women Novice D 33.19.00 14. UT Women Novice 4 36.33.00 15. TX Crew Women 4 37.33.00