Rowing Preview: Head of the Oklahoma
Sept. 30, 2011
Texas at the Head of the Oklahoma
• The Head of the Oklahoma features a challenging 2.5 mile head race course. Beginning near the west edge of the basin, the head race course traverses through several bridges and turns before straightening midway through the course at Regatta Park for a straight 2,000 meter path to the finish line. The head racing will feature events for collegiate, master and junior crews involving single, double, pair, four, quad and eight style racing shells.
• At the 2010 Head of the Oklahoma (Sept. 10), Texas kicked off its fall racing season o with three top-five finishes, including a win in the collegiate four. The Longhorns’ first varsity four crew of coxswain Emma Dirks, Jennifer VanderMaarel, Felicia Izaguirre-Werner, Olivia Nail and Karli Sheahan won the women’s collegiate 4+, posting a time of 15:15.137. Texas’ second varsity four of coxswain Meg Kelly, Charity McDonald, Laurel McCaig, Jacqueline Gorcyca and Anna Thomson claimed third in the fours race, crossing the finish in 15:32.542.
• Last spring, Texas won its third-straight Big 12 Rowing Championship and captured its first Conference USA Rowing title. In conjunction with the C-USA championship, head coach Carie Graves was named the C-USA Coach of the Year, while senior stroke Jennifer VanderMaarel was tabbed as the C-USA Rowing Athlete of the Year and freshman Sydney Boyes garnered C-USA Newcomer of the Year accolades. Additionally seniors Tajana Lovric, Sally Tunell and Jelena Zunic joined VanderMaarel on the all-conference squad.
• At the C-USA Championship, Texas won the overall title with 48 points with runner-up Tennessee totaling 42 points after placing second in all three scoring events. Oklahoma (32) finished third overall, with a bronze medal in the Second Varsity 8 race. UCF (31) placed fourth and Tulsa (26) finished fifth after bronze medals in the Varsity 8 and Varsity 4, respectively.
• Last April, Texas won the third-annual Big 12 Rowing Championship, marking its third-straight conference title after capturing the previous seven Big 12 Invitational crowns. Texas won the conference championship, totaling 111 points, while Oklahoma finished second with 85 points, Kansas claimed third with 67 points and Kansas State finished fourth with 54 points. The Longhorns’ won all five of their races, winning the first varsity eight, second varsity eight, first varsity four, first novice eight and second novice eight. The Longhorns’ first varsity eight crew of coxswain Megan Kelly, stroke Jennifer VanderMaarel , Laurel McCaig, Jacqueline Gorcyca, Jessica Glennie, Jelena Zunic, Anna Thomson, Sydney Boyes and Felicia Izaguirre-Werner won its race handily, posting a time of 6:47.7 to best Oklahoma (6:57.9), Kansas State (7:02.5) and Kansas (7:03.5).
1V4: Coxswain Kelly, J. Gorcyca, McCaig, Boyes and Izaguirre-Werner.
2V4: Coxswain Donnelly, Parker, Sheahan, Moon and Nicklas.
3V4: Coxswain Kat Tong, Trovato, Redman, Byron and Vrtlar.