Rowing preview: SMU
Texas vs. SMU
· The dual race is a 2,000 meter head-to-head race on Lady Bird Lake that finishes just beyond the Mopac (Loop 1) pedestrian bridge. The race can be viewed best from the pedestrian bridge.
· Texas was ranked for the first time in two years on March 26, breaking into the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) poll at No. 19. In the poll's most recent release, (April 2) Texas fell just out of the poll, but received 34 votes.
· Texas' varsity and novice rowing teams notched a perfect 6-0 record in their dual races with Kansas (3/29) at Lady Bird Lake. The Longhorns' first varsity eight recorded its fifth consecutive dual victory, as the crew of coxswain Mary Cait McPherson, stroke Luise Fleischhauer, Callie Mattrisch, Jelena Zunic, Nancy Arrington, Alex Janss, Kellie Lunday, Jen Vander Maarel and Emilie Sallee knocked off the Jayhawks, 6:50.1 to 7:01.0.
· Against KU, the Longhorns' second varsity eight-boat of coxswain Annie Heiner, stroke Rachel Lee, Angela Kirchner, Colleen Irby, Sara Cottingham, Meg George, Lianna Burton, Danielle Bartz and Abby Hahn bested the Jayhawks, 7:02.0 to 7:17.8. Texas' varsity four of coxswain Haley Schmidt, Laura Perkins, Lindsay Foster, Whitney McMahon and Elizabeth Meserve downed Kansas, 7:49.6 to 7:52.0.
· At the Longhorn Invitational(3/21-3/23), Texas' first varsity eight-boat comprised of coxswain Mary Cait McPherson, stroke Luise Fleischhauer, Callie Mattrisch, Jelena Zunic, Nancy Arrington, Alex Janss, Kellie Lunday, Jen Vander Maarel and Emilie Sallee notched an unblemished weekend, posting a narrow 6:48.3 to 6:49.1 victory over 2007 NCAA qualifier Central Florida to close out the three-day event. The Longhorns notched 15 wins on the weekend, including a first varsity eight win over No. 18 Wisconsin on March 22. The Horns' defeated the Badgers 6:53.2 to 7:01.8 in their race.
· Texas shined at the 2008 Heart of Texas (3/8) held on Lady Bird Lake, taking first place in each of its races. The Longhorns entered two evenly balanced varsity eight-boats and claimed first and second place in the women's open eight. The boat comprised of coxswain Annie Heiner, stroke Alex Janss, Emilie Sallee, Jen Vander Maarel, Angela Kirchner, Danielle Bartz, Lindsay Foster, Laura Perkins and Sara Cottingham posted a time of 3:18.6 to place first in the open eight.
· At the Heart of Texas, UT's other varsity eight-boat of coxswain Mary Cait McPherson, stroke Rachel Lee, Callie Mattrisch, Meg George, Nancy Arrington, Jelena Zunic, Lianna Burton, Colleen Irby and Kellie Lunday finished second and registered a time of 3:19.9 at the Heart of Texas. The Horns posted the top three times in the women's open pair with the team of Alex Janss and Emilie Sallee posting a time of 3:59.0 and finishing first. The tandem of George and Lunday finished second in 4:04.3, while Jen Vander Maarel and Arrington crossed the finish in 4:06.4 and placed third.
· At the 2008 Fighting Nutria (2/16), Texas' first varsity eight placed first among women's crews, while the second varsity boat finished second and the first novice boat claimed third. The Longhorns first varsity eight boat comprised of coxswain Mary Cait McPherson, stroke Luise Fleischhauer, Callie Mattrisch, Jen Vander Maarel, Kellie Lunday, Jelena Zunic, Emilie Sallee, Alex Janss and Nancy Arrington posted a time of 28:09.00.