Texas rowing coach Dave O'Neill communicates with his I Eights rowing crew during a practice at Lake Walter E. Long on Friday, April 26, 2019, in Austin, Texas. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Texas rowing team takes Big 12 title over the weekend

Posted May 21st, 2019

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The No. 4 Texas rowing team won the Big 12 Championship, sweeping all races, to make it five straight titles Sunday in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Melton Hill Lake hosted the seven-lane racing competition where the Longhorns won their eighth title in 10 years.

The Longhorns won five competitive races and even took an exhibition contest. They earned 42 points, beating Alabama by 11 points and Oklahoma State by 10. Alabama and Tennessee began competing in the Big 12 Championships in 2015. Only Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Kansas State and West Virginia are eligible to win the Big 12 team title.

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“I was really impressed with the way everyone raced today,” said head coach Dave O’Neill. “The overall speed in the conference increased this year, so each boat was ready to go flat out, which is what they did. This conference win is the culmination of months of hard work by a lot people, and I’m truly grateful for the effort by everyone.”

The varsity eight boats secured the championship with a pair of victories. The first eight won in a time of 6 minutes, 25.872 seconds while the second eight won in 6:38.439.

With the victory Texas earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship in Indianapolis at the end of May.

Following Sunday’s action, six Longhorns earned spots on the All Big-12 team. Milica Slijepcevic, Fanny Bon, Aspa Christodoulidis, Ljiljana Josic, Alexandra Watson and Ashley Jacobs were all honored.

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