Rowing preview: Head of the Hooch
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· Novice Rowing coach Caroline King and the Novice Rowing team travel to Chattanooga, Tenn., Saturday, Nov. 3 for the Head of the Hooch regatta. The regatta marks the third event of the fall calendar for the Longhorns and is the first road competition of 2007 for the Texas Novice Rowing team.
· The Head of the Hooch is a 5,000-m (3 mile) head race on the Tennessee River ending at Ross's Landing Park in Chattanooga, Tennessee. All boats are started sequentially and will race against the clock.
· The novice team saw its first action of 2007 on Oct. 27 at the Head of the Colorado. The of first novice eight-boat placed first in the first novice eight heat, crossing the finish in 19:08.9. Texas' second novice eight-boat took second place and the third boat claimed third place, finishing in 19:15.6 and 19.46.9 respectively.
· The Longhorns' three novice four-boats clinched second through fourth place in the women's novice four race at the 2007 Head of the Colorado. The boat of coxswain Colby Lowrey, Crystal Ramirez, Abi Hartland, Tara Saad and Beth Poffenberger finished second with a time of 22:23.7. The third place four-boat crossed the finish in 22:30.0 and the fourth-place boat completed the race in 23:28.9.
· At the 2006 Head of the Hooch, the Texas Novice Rowing team placed all three of its boats in the top five, including the top spot of the women's freshman novice eight race. In its first ever competition away from the friendly waters of Austin's Lady Bird Lake the second novice boat took top honors in the freshman novice eight race, crossing the finish line in 00:16:40.4 just ahead of the Indiana University first boat that placed second, finishing in 00:16:41.2. The Horns' first boat finished in 00:17:12.0, placing third in the freshman novice eight, while UT's third boat placed fifth, finishing in 00:17:15.5.
· Texas opened the 2007 fall season at the Head of the Oklahoma (Oct. 13), claiming three top five finishes in the women's pair. The pair of sophomore Nancy Arrington and senior 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.
· At the Head of the Oklahoma, the Longhorns' first varsity eight of coxswain Mary Cait McPherson, stroke Luise Fleischhauer, Arrington, Vander Maarel, Callie Mattrisch, Bartz, Lovric, 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).