Rowing captures Big 12 Invitational title for sixth consecutive year
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- For the sixth year in a row, The University of Texas women's rowing team captured the Big 12 Invitational championship, as the Longhorns won five of the six races Sunday at the Big 12 regatta. The championship was held at Wyandotte County Lake in Kansas City.
Texas won the meet with 55 points, followed by Kansas (46) and Kansas State (42). This marked the seventh season in which the Big 12 Invitational has taking place.
The Longhorns first varsity eight boat earned a four-second victory, finishing in 7:16.6 to Kansas' 7:20.5. UT's second varsity eight also won, crossing the line in 7:36.4 to runnerup K-State's time of 7:39.9, to highlight the competition for Texas.
"We put together a strong showing today," UT head coach Carie Graves commented after the meet. "It is our goal every year to win the cup at the Invitational. We use this meet as a springboard into the NCAA regionals for our varsity team, and I am thrilled that our novice rowers ended their season on a high note with wins."
"I was pleased that we won five out of six races," Graves finished. "We've been training hard. Our team members trust each other and they are very competitive right now. We'll go back to Austin and rest up a bit before getting ready for the important regional competition."
The Longhorns next return to action in two weeks when they compete at the 2007 NCAA South/Central Regional Championships taking place Saturday and Sunday, May 12-13 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. From those Regionals, the NCAA Championship qualifiers will be selected for the national competition which will be held in Oak Ridge from May 25-27.