Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Rowing: OU Sweeps Texas, Wins Longhorn Invite

The University of Oklahoma rowing team swept Big 12 rival Texas in the varsity finals and won the first Longhorn Invitational team title in convincing fashion Sunday on Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas.

For the first time in program history, the Sooners won every varsity race in a multi-day competition. The three-day regatta was capped by a four-race sweep of the Longhorns in the varsity events, a first for the OU program in its fifth season.

Against UT in the finals, OU notched its largest winning margin of the weekend in the varsity eight and second-largest victory in the second varsity eight. Both the varsity four and second varsity four continued their perfect starts to the season and are now 7-0 and 6-0, respectively.


"This was truly a team effort," OU head coach Leeanne Crain said. "This is the first time in the history of the program that we've swept the competition in every varsity event at the Longhorn Invite. "I'm so proud of these guys, especially our seniors who are providing great leadership."

Oklahoma's varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four and second varsity four won all 11 races against Iowa, Kansas State, San Diego, Texas and Tulsa. Through the first two days of competition, the Sooners earned 58 of a possible 60 points to secure the matchup in the finals with Texas. (More at SoonerSports.com)


 Varsity Eight
 1.  Oklahoma  6:30.2
 2.  Texas  6:42.1
 Second Varsity Eight
 1.  Oklahoma  6:37.0
 2.  Texas  6:54.1
 Varsity Four
 1.  Oklahoma  7:30.5
 2.  Texas  7:36.0
 Second Varsity Four
 1.  Oklahoma  7:34.9
 2.  Texas  7:36.1
 Novice Eight
 1.  Texas  6:55.3
 2.  Oklahoma  7:10.8
 Second Novice Eight
 1.  Texas  7:10.3
 2.  Oklahoma  7:27.2

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