Novice rowers excel at the Head of the Hooch
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- 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 at Saturday’s Head of the Hooch regatta in Chattanooga, Tenn.
In its first ever competition away from the friendly waters of Austin’s Town 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.
“Our novice rowers and our third varsity eight had solid performances at the Head of the Hooch,” head coach Carie Graves said. “The novice team did a great job in a very deep field.”
Texas’ third varsity eight boat of coxswain Katy Kemp, Taylour Venable, Abby Hahn, Whitney McMahon, Callie Mattrisch, Ann Hochschild, Caley Hullihen, Megan O'Hargen and Megan Lenard competed in the women’s club eight race and placed 21st (unofficially) in a competitive field.
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. All boats start sequentially and race against the clock.
The Texas varsity rowing team returns to the water Sunday, Nov. 12 in Charlottesville, Va. at the Rivanna Romp, while the Head of the Hooch concludes the fall calendar for the novice squad.