Row for Texas
In July of 1998, The University of Texas continued its trend of bringing the foremost coaching experts in intercollegiate athletics to the Forty Acres when Carie Graves, a three-time U.S. Olympic rower and Olympic gold medalist in 1984, was hired as Texas women's rowing head coach.
Since starting the Texas program, Graves has built UT Rowing from the ground up. Texas has quickly established itself as a national contender, as it has finished four of the last seven seasons nationally ranked in the USRowing/CRCA Coaches Poll. Graves has coached Texas to seven straight Big 12 Invitational regatta titles and has coached at least one student-athlete to CRCA honors in eight of the last nine years.
Graves' extensive rowing experience includes 11 years as an international competitor and selections to three U.S. Olympic rowing teams (in 1976, the boycotted 1980 year, and 1984). During her 11-year competitive rowing tenure, Graves rowed on five U.S. National Teams (1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1983) and on the three Olympic teams, competing in the women's eight event. Graves captured a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics and a bronze medal at the 1976 Olympic Games. She is a two-time inductee into the National Rowing Foundation Hall of Fame. In 1984, she was selected to the Hall as a member of the 1984 Olympic gold medalist crew and in 1991, when she was inducted as a member of the 1980 Olympic Team.
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The boathouse is outfitted with some of the finest equipment in the country, housing six Resolute racing eights, two Resolute racing fours, eight Hudson pair doubles, four Hudson racing singles and 40 ergometers for indoor training and testing.
Texas' recent renovation to the boathouse added locker rooms, bathrooms and showers for the Longhorns' varsity and novice squads, while expanding the facilty to 5,300 square feet.
In 2009, Texas claimed the inaugural Big 12 Rowing Championship, lighting the UT Tower orange for the first time in Texas Rowing history. The Longhorns won the championship after capturing the previous seven Big 12 Invitational crowns.