The No. 4 Texas rowing team had all of its boats advance at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., on Friday.
The Longhorns won two of the three heats they competed in on the first day.
“Today was a good day, but it’s only day one,” said head coach Dave O’Neill. “This regatta is a multi-step process, and it’s important to manage all the emotion, recovery, and preparation that each phase requires.”
Delays due to debris pushed race start times back for several hours.
“I’m really impressed with the way the team handled the day and then raced really well,” O’Neill said. “It’s now a quick turnaround for tomorrow’s semis, but we’ll be ready for what’s ahead.”
The first eight boat took first place in its heat, finishing ahead of No. 1 Washington and No. 10 Virginia with a time of 6 minutes, 7.284 seconds.
The second eight boat finished second, beating No. 11 Wisconsin and No. 12 Duke in 6:21.829. No. 2 Stanford took the win.
The four boat won its heat in 7:08.753, ahead of No. 13 Rutgers and No. 6 Princeton.
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