Novice rowers solid at Heart of Texas Regatta
AUSTIN, Texas -- The University of Texas women's rowing novice squad returned to the water on Saturday, March 12, at the Heart of Texas Regatta on Town Lake in Austin and concluded its first day of racing in a month with strong performances in every race in which it competed. The regatta, now in its 22nd year, is hosted by the Austin Rowing Club and is a 1,000-meter sprint race.
The Longhorns first and second novice fours finished 1-2, respectively, in the First Novice Fours race. Texas' first novice four crew finished in four minutes flat, followed by the second novice four in four minutes, 5.4 seconds. In the women's Second Novice Eight race, Texas boats finished with the top two times as well, with UT's first novice eight boat clocking 3:36.2 and the Longhorns' second novice eight finishing just over three seconds after (3:39.8).
Texas crews finished the day just as it started, with the Longhorns top novice eight crew earning the first-place finish in 3:32.2 in the Women's First Novice Eight competition, while UT's top novice four boats finished first and second, with times of 4:05.9 and 4:13.9, respectively.
"It was a great day for our novice rowers," Texas' novice rowing coach Caroline King said. "Austin Rowing Club put on a great race I thought the team, as a whole, performed very well. We are especially excited to see how the team will respond next weekend in the 2,000-meter race at the Longhorn Invitational."
The Longhorns return to action next weekend whey they host the Longhorn Invitational from Friday through Sunday, March 18-20, on Town Lake in Austin. The Invitational is now in its fifth year and UT will welcome seven rowing programs including Kansas State, Duke, Tulsa and Iowa, each making an appearance for the third straight year.