Rowing preview: Head of the Hooch
Nov. 5, 2009
Texas at the Head of the Hooch
LONGHORN & RACE NOTABLES
• The Head of the Hooch is a 5,000-meter (3.1-mile) head race on the Tennessee River ending at Ross's Landing Park in Chattanooga, Tennessee. All boats are started sequentially and race against the clock.
• The Horns kicked off their home racing season on Oct. 31 at the Head of the Colorado on Lady Bird Lake. Texas Rowing team posted three victories, including wins in the open eight, first novice eight and second novice eight races. The crew of coxswain Mary Cait McPherson, stroke Jennifer VanderMaarel, Felicia Izaguirre-Werner, Meg George, Anna Thomson, Jelena Zunic, Karli Sheahan, Colleen Irby and Nancy Arrington won the open eight, posting a time of 15:39.2.
• Texas kicked off its fall racing season at the Boot of the Oklahoma on Oct. 3,2009, collecting wins by the first varsity eight and first varsity four. The first varsity eight crew of coxswain Mary Cait McPherson, stroke Jennifer VanderMaarel, Felicia Izaguirre-Werner, Meg George, Callie Mattrisch, Jelena Zunic, Karli Sheahan, Sally Tunell and Nancy Arrington won the collegiate eight, crossing the finish in 14:04.034. In the collegiate fours race, Texas’ top boat of coxswain Emma Dirks, VanderMaarel, Izaguirre-Werner, George and Sheahan won the race, finishing in 15:58.008.
• In 2009, the Longhorns claimed the inaugural Big 12 Rowing Championship after winning seven straight Big 12 Invitational titles. Texas won the conference’s first title, totaling 51 points, while Kansas State finished second with 48 points and Kansas placed third with 45 points. Oklahoma did not compete for the crown, only participating in the novice and varsity four races. Texas’ varsity and novice squads combined for two victories, winning the second novice eight and second varsity eight races.
• Texas’ 2009-10 squad returns a talented stable of seniors that includes Nancy Arrington, Meg George, Colleen Irby, Callie Mattrisch and coxswain Mary Cait McPherson. Texas also returns eight of the nine members of its Big 12 Championship first varsity eight.
• The Longhorns’ 1V4 at the head of the Hooch is comprised of members from St. Catharine’s Rowing Club in Ontario. It boasts St. Catharine’s alums coxswain Emma Dirks, Jennifer VanderMaarel, Felicia Izaguirre-Werner and Karli Sheahan, while Meg George is an honorary member and rounds out the boat after training at St. Catharine’s over the summer.
Lineups and race times
Women’s Championship 4+
2V4: Coxswain Megan Kelly, Susac, McCaig, Lovric and Zunic
3V4: Coxswain Lowrey, Matejka, Thomson, Tunell and Arrington
Sunday, November 8