Rowing preview: Rivanna Romp
Texas at the Rivanna Romp
· At the 2006 Rivanna Romp, Texas' first varsity eight boat placed 11th and the second boat crossed the finish line in 24th place. Coxswain Mary Cait McPherson led the first eight boat of Luise Fleischhauer, Emily Tingey, Kelli Garrett, Lucy Mulvey, Nancy Arrington, Carly Gloge, Lindsay Foster and Dorothy Baden-Mayer to an 11th place finish, completing the race in 13:58.35. The second varsity eight boat of coxswain Arti Waghray, Latane Montague, Kindel Keen, Alex Janss, Caley Hullihen, Danielle Bartz, Emilie Dayley, Hilary Corbett and Lianna Burton clocked in at 14:30.54, a mark good for 24th place.
· Texas Rowing posted a solid start to its home racing season at the Head of the Colorado on Oct. 27 on Lady Bird Lake. The Longhorns claimed victories in the women's open pair, first novice eight and second novice eight races. The pair of sophomore Meg George and sophomore Kellie Lunday took first place in the women's open pair, crossing the finish in 21:00.2. The Longhorns also clinched fourth through seventh place in the open pair, with sophomore Gizelle Solorio and senior Abby Hahn placing fourth and finishing in 21:29.8.
· In its first action of 2007, the UT first novice eight-boat placed first in the first novice eight heat at the Head of the Colorado, 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 varsity eight-boat of coxswain Annie Heiner, Whitney McMahon, Lindsay Foster, Jelena Zunic, Sara Cottingham, George, Angela Kirchner, Solorio and Lunday posted a second-place finish in the women's open eight, registering a time of 17:47.1.
· The Texas Rowing team claimed a 22nd-place finish Oct. 28 at the Princeton Chase on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J. The Longhorns competed against some of the nation's top rowing universities in the 46-team women's open eight field. Texas' crew of coxswain Mary Cait McPherson, stroke Luise Fleischhauer, Lianna Burton, Colleen Irby, Emilie Sallee, Danielle Bartz, Callie Mattrisch, Jennifer Vander Maarel and Nancy Arrington crossed the finish in 15:53.715. Yale's first eight-boat claimed first place, finishing in 14:28.953, Virginia finished second (14:33.974) and Virginia's second eight-boat finished third (14:44.437).
· 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).
· The Longhorns returned several rowers in 2007 who rowed in Texas' top eight boat in 2006. Junior port Luise Fleischhauer earned CRCA All-South Region accolades as a sophomore and returns this season after anchoring the stroke seat last season. Sophomore starboard Nancy Arrington returns after an impressive freshman campaign in which she rowed every single race in the top boat. Senior port Alex Janss has one year of varsity first eight rowing under her belt and she will strengthen the UT lineup after rowing in the top boat in seven-of-nine races last season. Sophomore starboard Callie Mattrisch has shined for the Longhorns so far this fall after coaching at the Milwaukee rowing club this past summer.