Rowing preview: Aramark South/Central Region Sprints
Texas at the Aramark South/Central Region Sprints
· The Longhorns' will race on the Melton Hill Rowing Course on Melton Hill Lake, which is fed by the Clinch River, as part of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) waterway system. The 2000-meter rowing course has seven straight lanes that are fully buoyed.
· In Texas' last race (5/3), the Longhorns claimed their seventh straight Big 12 Invitational championship, a title that UT has never relinquished. UT won the title, totaling 54 points, while Kansas finished second with 45 points and Kansas State placed third with 39 points. The Longhorns' first varsity eight of coxswain Mary Cait McPherson, stroke Angela Kirchner, Jelena Zunic, Callie Mattrisch, Luise Fleischhauer, Nancy Arrington, Alex Janss, Jen VanderMaarel and Kellie Lunday finished first in its race, posting a time of 6:40.7, besting Kansas State (6:44.4) and Kansas (6:49.0).
· At the 2007 Aramark South/Central Region Sprints, the Longhorns finished 14th in the overall standings and placed seventh in the south region standings with 158 total points.
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.
On April 19 and 20 at the Charles River Challenge, Texas claimed five first-place finishes on day one against Northeastern, Dartmouth, Harvard-Radcliffe, Syracuse and Boston University at the Charles River Basin. In the first varsity four race, Texas' crew of Haley Schmidt coxswain Laura Perkins, Ellen Haynes, Whitney McMahon and Elizabeth Meserve defeated Boston 7:49.6 to 7:53.84.
· The second day of the Charles River Challenge saw the Horns' second varsity eight crew comprised of coxswain Annie Heiner, stroke Rachel Lee, Angela Kirchner, Danielle Bartz, Lindsay Foster, Meg George, Lianna Burton, Colleen Irby and Abby Hahn defeated Northeastern in a head-to-head race, edging the Huskies, 6:53.80 to 6:55.35. In the first varsity four race, Texas' crew of coxswain Haley Schmidt, Laura Perkins, Ellen Haynes, Whitney McMahon and Elizabeth Meserve narrowly beat Northeastern, 7:45.0 to 7:45.57.
· The Horns first varsity eight had their six race winning streak snapped on April 12, as all of UT's boats were defeated by No. 1 California. Despite the loss, Texas' first varsity eight of coxswain Mary Cait McPherson, stroke Luise Fleischhauer, Callie Mattrisch, Alex Janss, Nancy Arrington, Sara Cottingham, Kellie Lunday, Jen Vander Maarel and Emilie Sallee posted a season-best time of 6:38.2. The Golden Bears finished the race in 6:20.2.
· Against Cal, Texas' second varsity eight-boat comprised of coxswain Annie Heiner, stroke Danielle Bartz, Angela Kirchner, Colleen Irby, Lindsay Foster, Meg George, Lianna Burton, Laura Perkins and Abby Hahn fell, 6:51.9 to 6:33.5. The Longhorns' first varsity four was defeated by the Golden Bears, 7:52.8 to 7:25.2. The closest race of the day pitted both school's first novice eight boats as California narrowly edged Texas, 6:53.9 to 6:49.1.
· The Longhorns' varsity and novice squads posted a clean sweep of SMU in all four of their dual races on Saturday, April 5. Texas' first varsity eight of coxswain Mary Cait McPherson, stroke Luise Fleischhauer, Callie Mattrisch, Alex Janss, Emilie Sallee, Jen Vander Maarel, Kellie Lunday, Sara Cottingham and Nancy Arrington posted a time of 6:48.6, knocking off SMU which finished in 7:05.2.
· Against SMU, Texas' second varsity eight-boat comprised of coxswain Annie Heiner, stroke Meg George, Angela Kirchner, Colleen Irby, Lianna Burton, Whitney McMahon, Lindsay Foster, Laura Perkins and Abby Hahn defeated the Mustangs, 7:05.3 to 7:18.4. The Horns' first varsity four of coxswain Haley Schmidt, Whitney McMahon, Abby Hahn, Ellen Haynes and Lindsay Foster registered a time of 7:56.8, besting SMU which crossed the finish in 8:04.7.
· 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.