The Texas rowing crew made history Saturday by taking third place in the final team standings at the NCAA Championships in Sarasota, Fla.
Texas advanced all three of its boats to the grand finals for the first time ever. Each boat recorded a top-five finish.
California claimed the overall team title with 130 points while Washington took second with 128 points. The Longhorns scored 115 to secure third.
“This year, with all the boats in the grand final and getting through the likes of Stanford and challenging Washington for second, people recognize us as one of the top programs in the country now,” UT head coach Dave O’Neill said. “I’m proud of the team and happy for the opportunity to coach here. It’s been a lot of fun.”
Officials altered the race schedule due to the threat of inclement weather. So the grand finals were contested Saturday instead of Sunday.
The Longhorns’ I Eight boat took third in the grand final, a best for the Texas program.
The Texas II Eight boat took fifth while the Four boat placed fourth.
2018 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships
Grand Finals (Championship Finals)
Texas Crew: Ashley Jacobs (coxswain), Ljiljana Josic (stroke), Milica Slijepcevic, Fanny Bon, Mariam Soufi, Aspa Christadoulidis, Alexandra Watson, Emily Froehlich, Sara Neaves
1 California, 6:14.857
2 Washington, 6:16.535
3 Texas, 6:17.800
4 Stanford, 6:20.495
5 Princeton, 6:23.340
6 Ohio State, 6:28.527
Texas Crew: Kay Murphy (coxswain), Claudia Destefani (stroke), Margaret Dail, Becca Gehring, Sarah Cadman, Alexa McAuliffe, Merilynn Finley, Katelyn Bouthillette, Rachel Fleming
1 Washington, 6:21.081
2 California, 6:27.201
3 Virginia, 6:28.264
4 Michigan, 6:28.576
5 Texas, 6:30.519
6 Yale, 6:37.854
Texas Crew: Shannon Barry (coxswain), Allyson Hite, Blair Bartholomew, Courtney Crossley, Alice Bowyer
1 California, 7:00.798
2 Washington, 7:01.626
3 Ohio State, 7:09.748
4 Texas, 7:14.023
5 Michigan, 7:18.476
6 Yale, 7:21.908
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