Texas got its first top-five finish ever at the NCAA Championships on Sunday, landing in fourth place in the team standings after all three of its boats made the top seven in their events on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.
The Longhorns’ I Eight boat and Four boat each tied a school record by placing fourth in its category in the grand final. The I Eight boat rallied in the last 100 meters to push past Michigan and secure fourth place by less than a tenth of a second. The Four boat also rallied to overtake the Wolverines for fourth place after trailing by 3 seconds at the 1,500-meter mark.
The I Eight crew comprised Shannon Barry (coxswain), Ljiljana Josic, Pippa Loveard, Gia Doonan, Milica Slijepcevic, Mariam Soufi, Alice Bowyer, Emily Froehlich and Fanny Bon. The Four crew was Ashley Jacobs (coxswain), Allyson Hite, Courtney Crossley, Sara Neaves and Barb Klavin.
Texas got crucial points in the consolation bracket when its II Eight boat won the six-boat petite final to take seventh overall. Yale and Princeton took the early lead, but the Longhorns had powered past both by the 1,500 mark and won by more than a second.
The II Eight crew was Samantha Ennis (coxswain), Margaret Dail, Inga Gasbakk, Alexandra Watson, Alexa McAuliffe, Sarah Cadman, Jillian Renly, Amy Louise Smith and Rachel Fleming.
Washington won the team championship with 132 points. California was second at 123, and Michigan was third at 112. UT tallied 108 points, and Ohio State was three behind to round out the top five.
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