Sept. 27, 2012
WHAT: Texas Rowing opens the 2012-13 season with the annual Head of the Oklahoma.
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 29 – 11 a.m. through 6 p.m.
WHERE: Oklahoma City, Okla. (Oklahoma River)
HOSTS: Oklahoma Regatta Festival and Oklahoma City University
MORE ON THE HEAD OF THE OKLAHOMA: The Head of the Oklahoma is one of a number of events associated with the annual Oklahoma Regatta Festival. The Head of the Oklahoma features a 2.5 mile head race course on the Oklahoma River near downtown Oklahoma City. The teams race in a counter-clockwise pattern and begin the races at the west end of the basin.
Some of the schools competing include Texas, Clemson, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Stanford, Tulsa and SMU.
LAST YEAR AT THE HEAD OF THE OKLAHOMA: Texas posted a win in the collegiate fours and added two additional top-five finishes at the 2011 Head of the Oklahoma. UT’s first varsity four boat featuring coxswain Megan Kelly, Jackie Gorcyca, Laurel McCaig, Sydney Boyes and Felicia Izaguirre-Werner won the collegiate fours in 14:50.103.
1V8: Coxswain Rachel Donnelly, stroke Katarina Susac, Laurel McCaig, Devon Clark, Casey Redman, Olivia Nail, Victoria Bujala, Johanna Neuber, Chelsea Burns
2V8: Coxswain Kassie Budzik, stroke Melanie Eckert, Jessica Smith, Kara Turner, Schyler Gilmour, Lauren Studey, Tea Vrtlar, Lyndsey DuBose, Angela Bumstead
3V8: Coxswain Kenna Harris, stroke Brenna Coldren, Emily Jones, Katie Trovato, Shari Singh, Abbey Wilkowski, Lauren Moberg, Sara Walton, Kimberley Winder
1V4: Coxswain Budzik, Susac, McCaig, Clark, Redman
2V4: Coxswain Donnelly, Eckert, Smith, Nail, Bujala
3V4: Coxswain Harris, DuBose, Burns, Neuber, Vrtlar
COMMENTS FROM HEAD COACH Carie Graves
“This wonderful venue has been great for us. The Head of the Oklahoma is part of a festival in Oklahoma City with arts, food, performing artists, etc. It’s our first race of the year, and we’ve only been on the water a little less than two weeks. We’re eager to get started and see what we have, see what we can build on. It’s a great opportunity to race early on in the season.”
MORE ON THE LONGHORNS: Texas concluded the 2011-12 season by taking second at the Conference USA Championship in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Then-seniors Felicia Izaguirre-Werner, Karli Sheahan and Jackie Gorcyca earned All-Conference USA selections.
Laurel McCaig was selected as the Big 12 Co-Rower of the Year and head coach Carie Graves was named as the Big 12 Co-Coach of the Year after the Longhorns won their fourth straight Big 12 title last season.