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Tulsa Rowers Take Two from Kansas and Drake

In the Novice 4, first-time coxswain Gabriela Lopez led her team to a top finish with a time of 7:25.3.
In the Novice 4, first-time coxswain Gabriela Lopez led her team to a top finish with a time of 7:25.3.
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April 3, 2004

Tulsa, Okla. - The University of Tulsa's women's rowing team posted two victories against host Kansas and Drake on Saturday afternoon at Burcham Park on the Kansas River in Lawrence, Kansas.

In the Novice 4, first-time coxswain Gabriela Lopez led her team to a top finish with a time of 7:25.3, just one second ahead of the Jayhawks, but nearly 30 seconds faster than Bulldogs. The crew came off the line even with Drake, while Kansas took the lead early, but Lopez called a strong race, pushing the Tulsa crew ahead of KU in the second half of the race to earn the win.

"It was really exciting," Lopez said. "It was a complete rush. I was nervous before getting on the water, but once I was out there, it was calming because I knew what I was doing. All of our hard work in practice comes down the race and it was a payoff today for the Novice 4. The team did what I asked and we worked together to get the win."

The Varsity 4 also recorded a top mark, finishing with a time of 7:04.8. Tulsa got ahead quickly and did well in the middle of the race to take the advantage. "The women did a tremendous job," Head Coach Kevin Harris said. "I am extremely excited about the potential of this Varsity 4, as they have really come together since Austin. Christine LaBarre did a great job, rowing her best race of the season in the stroke seat, and with senior leadership, the team put together a solid race plan."

"The Varsity 4 was a strong race for us," LaBarre said. "We were determined to win. We didn't let up, we didn't give the other crews anything and we owned the race from the start."

In the Novice 8, Tulsa executed a strong race plan, but couldn't catch the speedy Jayhawks, posting a second-place finish in a time of 6:53.7. The Varsity 4B came off the line strong, but couldn't keep their speed constant throughout the race, placing third with a time of 7:34.8.



In the first race for the Varsity 8 this season, the Golden Hurricane also recorded a third-place mark in a time of 6:28.6. "The team pushed well for the first 500 meters, but couldn't keep up," said Harris. "This race was great for finding our strengths and weakness in the race plan. We have two weeks to prepare for the William Knecht Cup. We know that we have a strong body in terms of our race plan, but we have to work on the start and finish so in the upcoming races we will be prepared to take on some of the best crews in the nation."

Novice 4 - 
1. Tulsa - 7:25.3
2. Kansas - 7:26.5
3. Drake - 7:54.3

Novice 8 - 1. Kansas - 6:18.8 2. Tulsa - 6:53.7 3. Drake - 7:01.9

Varsity 4A - 1. Tulsa - 7:04.8 2. Kansas - 7:09.3 3. Drake - 7:21.7

Varsity 4B - 1. Kansas - 7:08.3 2. Drake - 7:15.7 3. Tulsa - 7:34.8

Varsity 8 - 1. Kansas - 6:09.6 2. Drake - 6:23.3 3. Tulsa - 6:28.6

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