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No. 2 Rowing preview: Big 12 Championship

May 14, 2021
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AUSTIN, Texas – No. 2 Texas Rowing will host the 12th Big 12 Conference Championship regatta on Saturday, May 15 on Walter E. Long Lake. Originally scheduled to take place on Sunday, the regatta was moved up one day due to thunderstorms forecasted for that morning. Please note: Due […]

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AUSTIN, Texas – No. 2 Texas Rowing will host the 12th Big 12 Conference Championship regatta on Saturday, May 15 on Walter E. Long Lake. Originally scheduled to take place on Sunday, the regatta was moved up one day due to thunderstorms forecasted for that morning.

Please note: Due to health and safety protocols, spectators will not be permitted to attend the event.
When: Saturday, May 15, 2021
Where: Walter E. Long Lake (Austin, Texas)
Who: No. 13 Alabama, No. 14 Tennessee, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, West Virginia
Watch: Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Live Results: hookem.at/ROW21_Big12results

Texas Rowing Fact Book (PDF)

Format
The 2021 Championship will consist of the First Eight, Second Eight, First Four and Second Four with each institution allowed to enter one boat in each event. The competition format for the four races shall be a finals-only event with up to seven boats and all teams will score in the four races.

Schedule
8:15 a.m. CT – First Eight
8:30 a.m. CT – Second Eight
8:45 a.m. CT – First Four
9:00 a.m. CT – Second Four

Big 12 Championship History

Texas has won nine of the 11 Big 12 Championship regattas and claimed the event the last five years in which it has been held. The Longhorns swept all five grand finals races at the last five Big 12 Championships. In all, Texas has swept the regatta seven times and is the only program to sweep the Big 12 Championship.

The Big 12 Championship began as a three-team regatta in 2009 (Texas, Kansas and K-State) before expanding to four teams with the addition of Oklahoma in 2010. The championship grew to five schools with the league's addition of West Virginia in 2013.

In January 2014, the Big 12 Conference announced invitations to Alabama and Tennessee to compete at the Big 12 Championships beginning in 2015. While all seven participating schools are eligible to win the NCAA automatic-qualifying bid, only Texas, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma and West Virginia can win the Big 12 team title.

Last Time Out

Texas swept No. 3 Virginia in Charlottesville with the I Eight establishing a new course record of 6:15.20 to win by 11.8 seconds at the Rivanna Reservoir in Earlysville, Virginia. The II Eight won their race by six seconds, while the I Four and II Four bested Virginia by 8.4 seconds and 15.7 seconds, respectively.

Conference Honors

The Texas I Eight was named the Big 12 Conference Boat of the Week following its record-setting performance at Virginia. The Longhorns defeated the Cavaliers by 11.80 seconds and established a new course record of 6:15.20 at the Rivanna Reservoir in Earlysville, Virginia. Texas' I Eight featured coxswain Rachel Rane, along with Kaitlin Knifton, Francesca Raggi, Alexandra Watson, Aspa Christodoulidis, Daisy Mazzio-Manson, Anna Jensen, Katelyn Bouthillette and Lisa Gutfleisch.

It was the second-straight weekly honor for the Texas I Eight after dominating at the Longhorn Invite the prior week with two sub-6:10.50 marks. The boat won both the preliminary and final by at least 11 seconds, including the final in which its time of 6:10.43 defeated runner-up No. 14 SMU by 11.321 seconds. In their preliminary heat, Texas' 6:10.433 mark was 22.476 seconds better than second-place finisher Notre Dame. Texas' I Eight featured coxswain Olivia Fogarty, as well as Knifton, Raggi, Watson, Christodoulidis, Mazzio-Manson, Jensen, Gutfleisch, and Bouthillette.

In all, Texas has earned three Big 12 boat of the Week nods. The Texas II Eight was recognized as the Big 12 Boat of the Week after their performance in Michigan in the first race of the season. Texas' II Eight featured redshirt coxswain Elizabeth Romero, along with Hannah Medcalf, Amber Harwood, Jensen, Izabela Krakic, Parker Illingworth, Samantha Schalk, Alexa McAuliffe and Maria Valencia. Comprised of seven freshmen or redshirt freshmen, the boat was only 3.1 seconds slower than Texas' I Eight in similar conditions.

As a squad, a Texas boat garnered conference Boat of the Week honors after each race this season, while Jensen was a member of each honored boat.

Texas in the Polls
Texas opened at No. 2 in the season's first USRowing/CRCA Coaches Poll on March 3, and it has held steady in the second spot in each subsequent poll. Defending NCAA champion Washington has held the top spot throughout the season, while Virginia, Rutgers and Michigan round out the top five.

Pocock USRowing/CRCA Division I Rankings – May 12
1 Washington (13)
2 TEXAS (12)
3 Virginia
4 Stanford
5 Rutgers
6 Michigan
7 Ohio State
8 California
9 Indiana
10 Princeton
11 Syracuse
12 SMU
13 Alabama
14 Tennessee
15 Brown
16 Minnesota
17 Duke
18 Oregon State
19 Washington State
20 Wisconsin

Look Who's Back
Texas' squad features several key returning members, including 2020 CRCA Division I Pocock All-American nominees redshirt senior Alexandra Watson (Leicester, Great Britain), senior Katelyn Bouthillette (Austin, Texas) and junior Kaitlin Knifton (Austin, Texas), and 2019 second-team All-American junior Francesca Raggi (Maitlan, Fla.).

Welcome to Austin
The Longhorns strengthened the squad with graduate transfer and two-time All-American Daisy Mazzio-Manson (Wellesley, Mass.). The two-time All-Ivy first-team selection (2018, 2019) received the Chris Ernst Award for excellent performance as a first-year at Yale.

Championship Pedigree
Texas has registered top-eight results in each of the last five NCAA Championship Regattas with program-best results in four, including each of the last three:
2015 – 7th
2016 – 8th
2017 – 4th
2018 – 3rd
2019 – 2nd

Defending Champions
With the 2020 season not being held, the Longhorns enter 2021 as the five-time defending Big 12 Conference Champions. In all, Texas has won nine of the 11 Big 12 Conference Championships held, placing runner-up in 2013 and fourth in 2014.

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