Tulsa Novices Register a Pair of Victories at Kansas Regatta
April 2, 2005
Tulsa, Oklahoma - The Tulsa Novices turned in its second straight dominating performance this spring with a pair of victories today at the Kansas Regatta on the Kaw River in Lawrence, Kansas.
Two weeks ago, the Tulsa Novice 8+ and Novice 4+ boats each posted a pair of victories at the Longhorn Invitational. The two freshmen boats picked up where they left off today with wins over both Kansas and Drake in their respective races.
"It was a good day for us," Head Coach Kevin Harris said. "We have definitely gained speed compared to last year. I am especially proud of the Novice 8+ and 4+ boats. They continued their winning ways today."
In the first race of the day, Tulsa's Novice 8+ boat raced to a first-place time of 7:33.1, edging KU's boat by 12-seconds and Drake's boat by 18-seconds. TU's winning crew included coxswain Olivia Tso, Brianna Palmer, Jackie D'Souza, Shara Derks, Ana Alexander, Chelsea Cornell, Erin Campbell, Becky Jenschke and Ana Andrews.
"The Novice 8+ boat turned in a masterful race. They took the lead 40 strokes into the race and continued to increase its lead toward the finish line. They just refuse to lose," Harris said.
After a short break, the Hurricane's Novice 4+ boat wasted little time posting its third win in four races this spring. Tulsa cruised to a winning time of 7:54.6, while Kansas finished second in a time of 8:32.5. The Novice 4 boat featured the crew of coxswain Kelly Rider, Kara Shull, Anne Brant, Jennifer Schaffner and Amanda Gurley.
"Our Novice 4+ boat got off to a good start. I thought they raced with a lot of heart and they are definitely stepping up to the plate," Harris said.
In the Varsity 8+ race, Tulsa was looking for its first victory over KU. The Golden Hurricane got off to a strong start and was neck-and-neck with the Jayhawks through the first 1,000 meters. However, the boat suffered a "boat stopping crab" when one of its oars was caught in the water and briefly lost. Tulsa recovered and tried to make up for lost time, but finished second with a time of 7:26.4, and still finished ahead of Drake for second place.
"Our Varsity 8+ boat was racing a race of a lifetime at the 1,000-meter mark, but we were just unlucky. That is part of racing. We work hard to eliminate those errors, but it happened. We have a great crew and I know they will come back strong and learn from their mistakes," Harris said.
Results 1st Novice Eight 1. Tulsa 6:51.2 2. Kansas 6:54.45 3. Drake 7:04.9
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