Rowing finds success at Heart of Texas Regatta
AUSTIN, Texas†-- The University of Texas women's novice rowing squad returned to the water on Saturday at the 23rd Heart of Texas Regatta on Town Lake in Austin and concluded with strong performances in every race in which it competed.
The Longhorns won all four races, the first novice four and eight and the second varsity four and eight, in the 1,000-meter sprint race and swept the top two spots in all four races.
In the first novice four competitions, the first-place boat finished with a time of 3:33.58 and the runner-up boat finished with a time of 3:46.02.The first novice eight boats faired just as well, taking first and second-place as well. UTís first boat crossed the finish markers at 3:25.01 and the second boat crossed at 3:26.88.
"This was a great season opener for our novice rowers," Texas' novice rowing coach Caroline King said. "Our team was very intense and focused today and I think the times showed that. It was a great way to get back on the water and we are looking forward now to some great competition at the Longhorn Invitational next weekend."
The second novice four and eight boats also took the top two spots in both their races, including a sweep of the top three spots in the second novice four race. The top second novice four finished with a time of 3:52.73 and the top second eight boat finished with a mark of 3:33.58.
The Longhorns return to action next weekend whey they host the Longhorn Invitational from Friday through Sunday, March 17-19, on Town Lake in Austin. The Invitational is now in its sixth year and UT will welcome five rowing programs including Duke, Wisconsin, Miami, Iowa and Kansas State, each making an appearance for the third straight year.