Rowing preview: Big 12 Invitational
When: Sunday, April 29 at 11 a.m.
· Head coach Carie Graves and the Texas Rowing travel to the Big 12 Invitational in Kansas City, Kan., Sunday, April 29. The Longhorns will race in varsity eight, varsity four, novice eight and novice four races during the event.
· The Longhorns' races against Kansas and Kansas State will be run on a 2,000 meter course at Lake Wyandotte. Texas is looking to capture its sixth straight Big 12 Invitational title. Rowing is not a Big 12 Conference sanctioned sport, so the championship is not an official Big 12 title.
· At the Big 12 Invitational, Texas' first varsity eight boat will be comprised of coxswain Mary Cait McPherson, stroke Luise Fleischhauer, Emilie Tingey, Nancy Arrington, Carly Gloge, Alex Janss Kelli Garrett, Latane Montague and Megan Lenard.
· The second varsity eight boat will contain coxswain Katy Kemp, Veronika Buonaugurio, Amy Knitt, Lindsay Foster, Callie Mattrisch, Whitney McMahon, Lianna Burton, Laura Perkins and Caitlin Krouse. Texas first varsity four boat will boast coxswain Annie Heiner, Abby Hahn, Kindel Keen and Emily Dayley.
· In its last race (April 14-15), Texas posted a first varsity eight victory over Syracuse and Boston University at the Charles River Challenge. The Longhorns added first novice eight victories over Harvard, Columbia, Dartmouth, Boston, Syracuse and Northeastern. Texas first varsity four and first novice four tallied a pair of victories over Syracuse, Northeastern and UMass at the two-day event.
· On March 24, Texas dominated Kansas and SMU in a three-team regatta on the Kansas River in Lawrence, Kan. Texas trounced the competition, winning all of the day's races by 10 seconds or more, including a victory in the first varsity eight race, where Texas finished in 7:24.5, while Kansas crossed the finish in 7:34.5 and SMU registered a time of 7:46.1.
· In the final event at the Kansas River, Texas completed its sweep, finishing the varsity four race in 8:38.6, easily topping Kansas (8:55.1) and SMU (9:01.5).
· UT's novice boats added solid showings of their own at the Kansas River, with Texas' second novice eight downing Kansas in convincing fashion, crossing the finish in 7:19.6, while KU finished in 7:53.2. The Longhorns added a second victory in the first novice eight race, besting Kansas and SMU, finishing in 7:38.0, well ahead of the Jayhawks (7:55.9) and the Mustangs (8:36.9).
· Last month (March16-18) the Longhorns posted an impressive showing at the three-day duel-style Longhorn Invitational, posting 18 wins in 24 races. On day one, UT took five of six races downing Kansas State once and knocking off Miami, four times, including a 52 second victory in the first novice eight race. On day two, Texas tallied 12 victories in their 13 races, including a perfect 7-0 record in the afternoon session. In the afternoon the Longhorns swept Iowa, 6-0 and then added a novice victory over Kansas State. On the final day of the race, the Longhorns struggled against a very good Central Florida crew. The Golden Knights won all four of its races against Texas (1N8, 1V4, 2V8, 1V8), but UT wrapped up the regatta with a second varsity four victory over Iowa.
· The Horns commenced their spring season, Feb.10 at the Fighting Nutria on Town Lake, with the first varsity eight boat finishing second among women's crews and the first novice eight boat finishing in third place. Coxswain Mary Cait McPherson led the first varsity eight boat of Luise Fleischhauer, Emily Tingey, Kelli Garrett, Lucy Mulvey, Nancy Arrington, Lianna Burton, Alex Janss and Carly Gloge to a second place women's finish with a time of 0:29:48. UT's first novice eight boat of coxswain Desi Council, Sara Cottingham, Katie Perlberg, Simone Hesson, Marissa Canada, Lindsey Wetesnik, Cara Parker, Rachel Lee and Haley Schmidt crossed the finish line in third place, finishing in 0:30:45.