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Texas rowing breaks school records, places eighth at NCAA Championships

Posted May 29th, 2016

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The Longhorns broke two school records and earned the program’s second straight top-ten finish at the NCAA Championships on Sunday on Lake Natoma in Gold River, California.

California won the team title with 129 points and Ohio State placed second with 126 points. Texas placed eighth with 98 points.

Texas set a school record with a third-place finish in the fours petite final. The Longhorns completed the 2000 meter race in 7 minutes 17.94 seconds.

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“They were on the losing side of a close finish, but I’m really proud of them for the race they put together today.” said coach David O’Neill.

Texas’ second varsity eight boat broke a school record in the six-boat grand final, crossing in 6 minutes 35.28 seconds. California won the race at 6 minutes 28.06 seconds, less than a second ahead of the Buckeyes. Washington was third at 6 minutes 30.55 seconds and Texas placed fifth.

“I think with that second eight doing so well, we’re starting to show the depth within our program,”said O’Neill.

The Longhorns added a victory in the eight petite consolation final. It was the program’s first win at a NCAA regatta.

O’Neill, who led California’s women’s rowing program to two NCAA team titles, was proud of the progress of Texas’ young group of rowers.

“The majority of our team racing here today are freshmen and sophomores.  We have a really good recruiting class coming in and we’re learning a lot. We’ll talk about what the kids on the team learned this week, and that will go over to next year.  We’re definitely moving forward.” O’Neill said.

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