Rowing preview: Heart of Texas
Texas at the Heart of Texas
When: Saturday, March 13, All Day (begins at 7:45 a.m.)
Where: Austin, Texas (Town Lake)
Host: Austin Rowing Club
· The Heart of Texas regatta is a 1,000 meter sprint race held on Town Lake in Austin, Texas every March. The Austin Rowing Club first ran the Heart of Texas Regatta in 1983 for college crews, and now the event has grown to include Masters and Junior events run on a seven lane, fully buoyed course.
· Texas will compete against Texas A&M Galveston, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M Rowing Club, LSU Rowing Club, Baylor Rowing Club, Texas Crew, Michigan State Rowing Club, Northwestern State Rowing Club and the Austin Rowing Club.
· The Texas Rowing team commenced its spring season, Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Fighting Nutria on Town Lake, with the first novice eight boat finishing in third place. The boat of coxswain Desi Council, Sara Cottingham, Katie Perlberg, Simone Hesson, Marissa Canada, Lindsey Wetesnik, Cara Parker, Rachel Lee and Haley Schmidt crossed the finish line in third place, finishing in 0:30:45.
· In its final event of the fall season the Texas novice rowing team placed all three of its boats in the top five, including the top spot of the women's freshman novice eight race at the Head of the Hooch regatta (Nov. 4) in Chattanooga, Tenn. In its first ever competition away from the friendly waters of Austin's Town Lake the second novice boat took top honors in the freshman novice eight race, crossing the finish line in 00:16:40.4 just ahead of the Indiana University first boat that placed second, finishing in 00:16:41.2. The Horns first boat finished in 00:17:12.0, placing third in the freshman novice eight, while UT's third boat placed fifth, finishing in 00:17:15.5.
· The novice squad took first and second in the women's novice eight at the Head of the Colorado. The first novice boat crossed the finish line in 18:45.36, while the second boat finished in 18:48.46. Three novice boats finished in the top five of the women's novice four, finishing second (21:13.1), third (21:16.45) and fifth (23:16.42).