Rowing preview: Head of the Colorado
Oct. 23, 2008
• Head coach Carie Graves and the Texas Rowing team hit the friendly waters of Lady Bird Lake for their first home rowing event of the 2008-09 rowing season. The Longhorns will feature entries in the women’s open 8+, women’s open 1x, women’s open 2, women’s open 4+, novice 8+ and novice 4+.
• The Head of the Colorado is a 5,000 meter head-race held annually on the last Saturday of October, and is currently in its 26th year. The Regatta offers events for the following boat types; singles, doubles, quads, pairs, coxed fours and eights in the following categories; open, masters, juniors, novice, and recreational. In 2005, “The Pumpkinhead” introduced its new Seven Bridges course. The course begins at the Rowing Dock, just west of the Mopac Expressway Bridge and travels through all seven bridges on Town Lake.
• At the Head of the Oklahoma (10/4-5), Texas’ first varsity boat of coxswain Mary Cait McPherson, stroke Jennifer VanderMaarel, Nancy Arrington, Jelena Zunic, Callie Mattrisch, Meg George, Anna Thomson, Jacqueline Gorcyca and Felicia Izaguirre-Werner posted a time of 15:01.991 in the collegiate eight to finish fifth. The Horns’ second varsity eight crossed the finish in 15:20.143 and placed seventh.
• On the second day of the Head of the Oklahoma freshmen Jacqueline Gorcyca and Felicia Izaguirre-Werner posted a time of 17:01.973 to earn the first victory of their collegiate careers. The freshmen pair of Courtney Nicklas and Karli Sheahan finished fourth (17: 40.537), while juniors Colleen Irby and Angela Kirchner placed seventh, crossing the finish in 18:07.947.
• In 2007, Texas posted a solid start to its home racing season at the Head of the Colorado on Oct. 27. The Longhorns claimed victories in the women’s open pair, first novice eight and second novice eight races. The pair of Meg George and Kellie Lunday took first place in the women’s open pair, crossing the finish in 21:00.2. The varsity eight-boat of coxswain Annie Heiner, Whitney McMahon, Lindsay Foster, Jelena Zunic, Sara Cottingham, George, Angela Kirchner, Gizelle Solorio and Lunday posted a second-place finish in the women’s open eight, registering a time of 17:47.1. Texas’ first varsity eight did not compete due to a conflict with the Princeton Chase.
• Texas boasts a talented class of freshman rowers on its 2008-09 squad, including Emma Dirks, Mackenzie Gandy, Jacqueline Gorcyca, Felicia Izaguirre-Werner, Megan Kelly, Karli Sheahan, Anna Thomson and Allison Weiland.