Rowing preview: Kansas
April 2, 2009
• Head coach Carie Graves and the Texas Rowing team take to the waters of the Kansas River Lake, Saturday, April 4 for a dual race with the University of Kansas. The Longhorns will race a varsity four, two varsity eights, two novice eights and one novice four in this weekend’s races.
• The Longhorns’ races against Kansas will be run on a 2,000 meter course on the Kansas River. The regatta marks Texas’ first trip to Kansas since March 24, 2007, when the Horns took on KU and SMU in Lawrence.
• In 2008, Texas’ varsity and novice rowing teams notched a perfect 6-0 record in its dual-style regatta with Kansas (3/29). The first varsity eight-boat comprised of coxswain Mary Cait McPherson, stroke Luise Fleischhauer, Callie Mattrisch, Jelena Zunic, Nancy Arrington, Alex Janss, Kellie Lunday, Jennifer VanderMaarel and Emilie Sallee posted a time of 6:50.1, besting the Jayhawks, which finished in 7:01.0.
• In its last regatta (3/20-22), Texas’ first varsity eight posted a pair of victories over Duke and Central Florida. The Horns’ crew comprised of coxswain Mary Cait McPherson, stroke Jen VanderMaarel, Felicia Izaguirre-Werner, Meg George, Nancy Arrington, Jelena Zunic, Karli Sheahan, Colleen Irby and Sara Cottingham bested Duke 6:44.7-to-6:49.9 and defeated UCF 7:08.6-to-7:24.35.
• Texas earned five first-place finishes on March 7 at the 2009 Heart of Texas regatta on Lady Bird Lake. The Longhorns claimed victories in the open-8, novice-8, open-2, open-4 and novice-4. The Longhorns varsity eight crew of coxswain Mary Cait McPherson, Jacqueline Gorcyca, Nancy Arrington, Meg George, Anna Thomson, Jelena Zunic, Allison Weiland, Colleen Irby and Felicia Izaguirre-Werner posted a time of 3:19.15 in its victory. Texas’ other varsity eight placed second, crossing the finish in 3:19.49.
• The Horns shined in their 2009 debut (2/14), capturing first and second place at the Fighting Nutria. The Longhorns’ two varsity eight boats claimed the top spots, while UT’s first and second novice boats finished fifth and seventh respectively. Texas’ first-place boat of coxswain Annie Heiner, Stephanie Matejka, Callie Mattrisch, Courtney Nicklas, Karli Sheahan, Jelena Zunic, Sara Cottingham, Laura Perkins and Felicia Izaguirre-Werner crossed the finish in 28:30. The Longhorns’ second place eight comprised of coxswain Mary Cait McPherson, Meg George, Nancy Arrington, Jacqueline Gorcyca, Anna Thomson, Colleen Irby, Allyson Weiland, Sally Tunell and Angela Kirchner posted a time of 28:34.