Rowing preview No. 1: Princeton No. 4 and Rutgers No. 16
Texas travels to New Jersey to face Princeton and Rutgers.
AUSTIN, Texas – No. 1 Texas Rowing travels to New Jersey to take on No. 4 Princeton and No. 16 Rutgers in the final road competition of the regular season. The teams will compete in four events over a 2,000 meter race at Lake Carnegie, in the first eight and second boats and the first four and second boats.
This weekend’s race will mark the Longhorns’ fifth competition on Lake Carnegie and the first since 2019. Last time out, the Longhorns First Eight placed third behind Princeton and Yale, while Texas picked up wins in the second eight, first four and second four boats.
When: Saturday April 23
Or: Lake Carnegie, Princeton, NJ
Results: Results will be available on Twitter at @TexasRowing.
Texas Rowing Information Book
Saturday April 23
8:20 a.m. CT (9:20 a.m. ET) – Second Eight
8:40 a.m. CT (9:40 a.m. ET) – First eight
9:00 a.m. CT (10:00 a.m. ET) – Four
9:20 a.m. CT (10:20 a.m. ET) – Second four
A look at the tigers
Princeton heads into this weekend’s competition with three top-eight wins against teams currently in the top seven in the Pocock CRCA Coaches Poll: No. 7 Brown, No. 6 Ohio State and No. 3 Yale. The Princeton I Eight is undefeated this season. Last weekend, Princeton took victory in the First Varsity Eight against No. 3 Yale, winning the Eisenberg Cup for the 12th consecutive season. It marked the Tigers’ only win over the Bulldogs, who picked up wins in the second eight and first and second four.
A look at the Scarlett Knights
The No. 16 Rutgers arrives in Princeton after six second-place results from seven races at the second annual Big Ten Invitational at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fla.
Texas had three boats picking up wins over No. 6 Michigan on Saturday, April 9, at Belleville Lake, Michigan. Racing in cold conditions with increasing tailwinds throughout the races, the Longhorns won three of four events to top the Wolverines in Michigan for the second straight year. The crews competed with a direct tailwind of around 10 mph which created choppy waters during the second half of the 2,000 meter races. Texas picked up wins in the first eight, second eight and four, with all three boats remaining undefeated this season.
The First Varsity Eight earned UT’s second Big 12 Boat of the Week honor of the season after a breakthrough victory over the No. 6 Michigan, winning by more than seven seconds at Belleville Lake, Michigan, with a time of 6:09.80.
The First Eight of Texas and Michigan traded the lead in the first 500 yards, with the Longhorns holding a half-second lead at the quarter of the race. The Longhorns then started to move and maintained a mid-course lead, increasing the margin to the finish despite a direct tailwind of around 10 mph which created choppy water during the second half of the race.
The Texas First Eight featured a junior coxswain Rachel Raneas well as senior Kaitlin KniftonSenior Susanna TemmingSenior Etta Charpentiersecond Anna JensenSenior Aspa Christodoulidissecond Grace Hollandjunior Sophie Calabrese and graduate student Lisa Gutfleisch.
Prior to that, the Third Varsity Eight earned a share of the Big 12 Boat of the Week honors, tying the votes with Tennessee’s First Eight to take home the program’s top weekly conference award of the season after a dominating weekend at the San Diego Crew Classic.
The Texas 3V8 won the Carley Copley Cup on Sunday at the San Diego Crew Classic. With four freshmen competing in the prestigious San Diego event for the first time, UT won both its preliminary qualifying race and the championship final. In the final, the Longhorns were tied with California at the 600-yard mark when they caught a crab stopping a boat (when a rower loses control of their oar). The crew fought back to win in open water with a time of 6:49.724, 5.345 seconds ahead of the Golden Bears. In their playoff race the previous afternoon, the Longhorns won impressively, clocking 6:41.124 and beating California by 6.863 seconds.
Texas ‘ III Eight featured a sophomore coxswain Elizabeth Romerowith junior Jane McGeejunior Rachel Craycroftfirst-year student Taryn Kooyersfirst-year student Andrijana Mijailovicfirst-year student Harriet Wallacefirst-year student Nadja YaroschukSenior Susanna Cassidy and junior Grace Edgard.
A look at the Longhorns
Defending national champion and six-time defending Big 12 Conference champion Longhorns return four student-athletes who earned All-American CRCA recognition after last year’s title run. rowers Aspa Christodoulidis, Kaitlin Knifton, Francesca Raggi and coxswain Rachel Rane leading the way in Texas, as well as the 2021 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Anna Jensen. All five were full members of the Texas First Varsity Eight which overtook Stanford and Washington in the final 750 meters of the Grand Finals to claim the first title in program history.
A total of 15 of the 20 rowers and three coxswains who competed in the 2021 National Championship regatta are back in the fold.
Returning from last year’s champion boat, First Eight, are also Lisa Gutfleisch and Susanna Temmingwhile the returnees of the Second Eight crew will be rowers Katelyn Bouthillette, Amber Harwood, Parker Illingworth, Hannah Medcalfand Samantha Schalk and coxswain Elizabeth Romero. Back from the Four is coxswain Olivia Fogarty and rowers Marlowe Eldridge, Cassandra Korvink-Kucinski and Kathia Nitch.
Longhorns start fast
In their first competition of the season, the Longhorns traveled to Dallas for a two-day contest against the then 13th-ranked SMU Mustangs at White Rock Lake. Texas swept all six races, with the first eight, second eight and four earning wins each day of the trip. For the First Eight, the two wins extended the boat’s unbeaten streak to 10 consecutive races. The Second Eight was dominant in both of its races, taking charge from the start of each and extending its lead throughout. Texas’ Four came out fast in its first race and won by 14.49 seconds, then overcame an early deficit on day two and finally pulled away for a victory by 18.8 seconds.
Two weeks later, Texas swept the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic on March 26-27 on Mission Bay Park’s Fiesta Bay-Crown Point Shores. Running against many of the nation’s top-ranked programs, including Pac-12 powerhouses No. 3 Washington, No. 9 California and No. 16 USC, the Longhorns went undefeated in the first two competitions of the season after winning both sleeves. and the final races of the Collegiate Varsity Jessop-Whittier Cup Invitational (first eight), Collegiate 2V Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy (second eight), Collegiate Varsity 4+ Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup (first four) and Women’s Open 8+ (third eight) .
Texas in the polls
The Longhorns opened the season as No. 1 in the Pocock Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) 2022 Preseason Women’s Rowing Poll and maintained their position throughout the season. Texas won 24 of 25 first-place votes in this week’s rankings and has held the top spot for nine consecutive polls. Princeton and Brown complete the top five.
Pocock CRCA Coaches Poll Division I Rankings – Week 6 (April 20)
8. Ohio State
14. Oregon State
20. Washington State
Texas has recorded the top eight results in each of the last six NCAA Championship regattas with program best results in five, including each of the last four:
2021 – 1st
2020 – No regatta
2019 – 2nd
2018 – 3rd
2017 – 4th
2016 – 8th
2015 – 7th
Reigning Conference Champions
Texas enters 2022 as the six-time defending Big 12 conference champion. In total, Texas has won 10 of the 12 Big 12 conference championships held, placing second in 2013 and fourth in 2014.