Rowing preview: NCAA South/Central Regionals
When: Saturday & Sunday, May 12-13
Where: Oak Ridge, Tenn. (Melton Hill Lake)
Time: All Day
· The Texas Rowing team looks to advance to the NCAA Championships when it takes to the water at the NCAA South/Central Regionals, May 12-13 at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The Longhorns will race in the varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four and an open four during the event.
· In its last race (April 29), Texas captured its sixth consecutive Big 12 Invitational championship. 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 comprised of coxswain Mary Cait McPherson, stroke Luise Fleischhauer, Emilie Tingey, Nancy Arrington, Carly Gloge, Alex Janss Kelli Garrett, Latane Montague and Megan Lenard earned a four-second victory at the Big 12 Invite, finishing in 7:16.6 to Kansas' 7:20.5.
· UT's second varsity eight also won at the Big 12 Invitational, crossing the finish in 7:36.4 to runner-up K-State's time of 7:39.9, to highlight the competition for Texas. The second varsity eight boat was made up of coxswain Katy Kemp, Veronika Buonaugurio, Amy Knitt, Lindsay Foster, Callie Mattrisch, Whitney McMahon, Lianna Burton, Laura Perkins and Caitlin Krouse.
· At the Charles River Challenge (April 14-15), Texas posted a first varsity eight victory over Syracuse and Boston University. 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.