Rowing preview: Head of the Oklahoma
Oct. 2, 2008
Head coach Carie Graves and the Texas Rowing team take to the waters of the Oklahoma River for their first rowing event of the 2008-09 rowing season. The Longhorns will feature two varsity eight-boats, four four-boats, eight pairs and one single in this weekend's Head of the Oklahoma.
Oklahoma City University's 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.
The Longhorns return several rowers who rowed in Texas' top eight boat in 2007-08. Texas returns coxswain Mary Cait McPherson, Jennifer VanderMaarel, Nancy Arrington, Jelena Zunic, Callie Mattrisch and Sara Cottingham, who all spent time in the first varsity boat last year. Arrington (two years) and VanderMaarel (one year) have rowed every race of their collegiate careers in the top boat.
Texas welcomes a talented class of freshman rowers to this year's squad, including Emma Dirks, Mackenzie Gandy, Jacqueline Gorcyca, Felicia Izaguirre-Werner, Megan Kelly, Karli Sheahan, Anna Thomson and Allison Weiland.
In 2007, Texas claimed three top five finishes in the women's pair at the Head of the Oklahoma. The pair of Nancy Arrington and Emilie Sallee posted a time of 18:17.655 to take second place in the women's pair, crossing the finish behind Australia, which recorded a time of 16:54.884. The Longhorns' first varsity eight of coxswain Mary Cait McPherson, stroke Luise Fleischhauer, Arrington, Jennifer Vander Maarel, Callie Mattrisch, Danielle Bartz, Tajana Lovric, Alex Janss and Sallee claimed a fifth-place finish in the women's collegiate eight-plus race. Texas' first eight crossed the finish in 15.27.215, while the third eight finished eighth (15.46.299) and the second eight finished 14th (16:36.839).
Texas' Lineups for the Head of the Oklahoma