Rowing preview: Fighting Nutria
Texas at the Fighting Nutria
· Head coach Carie Graves and Texas Rowing hit the waters of Lady Bird Lake, Saturday, Feb. 10 for the Fighting first regatta of the spring season. The Longhorns will varsity and novice boats in this weekend's race.
· The Texas varsity and novice rowing teams will compete along with Texas Crew (UT's club rowing team) and the Austin Rowing Club.
· The Fighting Nutria is an 8,100 meter head-style race held annually on Town Lake. The Horns have never relinquished ownership of the Nutria trophy since the inception of the race in 2002.
· At the 2007 Fighting Nutria, Texas' first varsity eight boat finishing second among women's crews and the first novice eight boat finishing in third place. Coxswain Mary Cait McPherson led the first varsity eight boat of Luise Fleischhauer, Emily Tingey, Kelli Garrett, Lucy Mulvey, Nancy Arrington, Lianna Burton, Alex Janss and Carly Gloge to a second place women's finish with a time of 0:29:48. UT's second varsity eight finished fourth (0:30:59) and the third varsity eight placed fifth (0:31:07) last year.
· Texas Rowing closed out its fall rowing season at the Rivanna Romp on Nov. 11, as its first varsity eight boat finished fifth at the race held on the Rivanna Reservoir in Charlottesville, Va. Texas' second and third boats took 11th and 15th place respectively in the 16-team field. The Longhorns first varsity eight boat of coxswain Mary Cait McPherson, Luise Fleischhauer, Emilie Sallee, Jennifer VanderMaarel, Callie Mattrisch, Alex Janss, Kellie Lunday, Rachel Lee and Nancy Arrington crossed the finish in 14:08.92 to claim fifth place.
· Texas Rowing posted a solid start to its home racing season in the fall at the Head of the Colorado on Oct. 27 on Lady Bird Lake. The Longhorns claimed victories in the women's open pair, first novice eight and second novice eight races. The pair of sophomore Meg George and sophomore Kellie Lunday took first place in the women's open pair, crossing the finish in 21:00.2. The Longhorns also clinched fourth through seventh place in the open pair, with sophomore Gizelle Solorio and senior Abby Hahn placing fourth and finishing in 21:29.8.
· In its first action of 2007, the UT first novice eight-boat placed first in the first novice eight heat at the Head of the Colorado, crossing the finish in 19:08.9. Texas' second novice eight-boat took second place and the third boat claimed third place, finishing in 19:15.6 and 19.46.9 respectively. The varsity eight-boat of coxswain Annie Heiner, Whitney McMahon, Lindsay Foster, Jelena Zunic, Sara Cottingham, George, Angela Kirchner, Solorio and Lunday posted a second-place finish in the women's open eight, registering a time of 17:47.1.
· The Texas Rowing team claimed a 22nd-place finish Oct. 28 at the Princeton Chase on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J. The Longhorns competed against some of the nation's top rowing universities in the 46-team women's open eight field. Texas' crew of coxswain Mary Cait McPherson, stroke Luise Fleischhauer, Lianna Burton, Colleen Irby, Emilie Sallee, Danielle Bartz, Callie Mattrisch, Jennifer Vander Maarel and Nancy Arrington crossed the finish in 15:53.715. Yale's first eight-boat claimed first place, finishing in 14:28.953, Virginia finished second (14:33.974) and Virginia's second eight-boat finished third (14:44.437).
· Texas opened the 2007 fall season at the Head of the Oklahoma (Oct. 13), claiming three top five finishes in the women's pair. The pair of sophomore Nancy Arrington and senior Emilie Sallee posted a time of 18:17.655 to take second place in the women's pair, crossing the finish behind Australia, which recorded a time of 16:54.884.
· At the Head of the Oklahoma, the Longhorns' first varsity eight of coxswain Mary Cait McPherson, stroke Luise Fleischhauer, Arrington, Vander Maarel, Callie Mattrisch, Bartz, Lovric, Janss and Sallee claimed a fifth-place finish in the women's collegiate eight-plus race. Texas' first eight crossed the finish in 15.27.215, while the third eight finished eighth (15.46.299) and the second eight finished 14th (16:36.839).