Rowing turns in strong showing at Pumpkin Head of the Colorado
AUSTIN, Texas -- Competing in its third regatta of the fall season and the first on its home course, The University of Texas women's rowing team posted am impressive performance at the 22nd annual Pumpkin Head of the Colorado on Saturday, Oct. 30, on Town Lake in Austin. UT clocked victories in the women's open four and eight races, while Texas' novice squads enjoyed their first racing of the season.
In the open four competition, UT's first varsity four won the race with a time of 22.38.24. SMU finished second, while the Longhorns second varsity four placed fourth. Texas finished first, third and fifth in the open eight race as the Longhorns divided their varsity eight rowers into three teams. The Longhorns first boat finished with a mark of 20:56.3, edging Southern Methodist who finished at 21.31.51, with UT's second boat taking third in 21:33.32. Texas, third varsity eight boat finished fifth with a time of 2.38.33
The Longhorns had five teams competing in the open pair race and dominated the competition by placing all five pairs among at the top of the leaderboard.
"I am especially happy with how the small boats competed today," said Texas head coach Carie Graves. "The success in the smaller boats translates to the big boats and from what we saw we were pleased."
In novice competition, Texas posted four of the top five times in the novice eight race. The Longhorns' top two novice eight boats placed first and second, respectively, with times of 21.39.12 and 21:46.37. In the second novice eight race, UT finished first in 24.55.66 and took second as well, crossing the line in 25:35.47.
"The novice teams did a great job," Graves said. "The Head of the Colorado is a good race for us because we can monitor the progress of the novice squads and I was impressed with how they raced today."
The Longhorns return to action next weekend for their final competition of their fall campaign at the Head of the Chattahoochee in Gainesville, Ga., on Nov. 6.