Rowing earns four wins at Charles River Classic
BOSTON -- The Texas Rowing team notched four victories and a pair of second-place finishes in its six races against Massachusetts, Columbia and Northeastern on Saturday at the Charles River Challenge.
After finishing second to Northeastern in the first and second varsity eight races, the Longhorns battled back to claim victories in the first varsity four, first novice eight, first novice four and second novice four races.
The races at the inaugural Charles River Challenge were run on 2,000 and 1,200 meter courses at the Charles River Basin.
In the first varsity four race the boat of Annie Heiner, Ellen Haynes, Kindel Keen, Abby Hahn and Amy Knitt crossed the finish line in 9:03.7, finishing ahead of Northeastern (9:16.1), Massachusetts (10:01.8) and Columbia (10:13.1). Texas out-dueled Northeastern in the first novice four race, downing the Huskies (5:16.9-to-5:55.6).
UT posted another victory against Massachusetts in the second varsity four race, finishing in 5:26.9, easily defeating the Minutewomen,, who finished in 5:51.3.
The Longhorns first novice eight posted UT's fourth victory of the day, crossing the finish in 8:09.7, defeating Columbia (8:21.3) and Northeastern (8:30.3).
In the first varsity eight race the Longhorns finished in 7:59.0, as they were narrowly edged by Northeastern (7:53.2). Texas crossed the finish ahead of Massachusetts (8:03.7) and Columbia (8:36.4). The Longhorns posted another second place finish in the second varsity eight race, finishing behind Northeastern (8:03.5) and defeating Columbia (8:27.6) and Massachusetts (8:34.6).
Race conditions for the day included a 13-15 mph, gusting to 20 mph cross headwind and very rough water that ranged from some whitecaps at the start to just choppy in the last 500m.
Texas returned to the water Saturday night to take on Dartmouth and Harvard, but results are not currently available.