Tulsa Rowers Win Two Gold Medals at SIRA Championships
April 20, 2008
Oak Ridge, Tennessee - The University of Tulsa women's rowing team earned a gold medal in the Novice 4+ and Lightweight 4+, and the 2nd Varsity 8+ claimed a bronze medal on Sunday afternoon at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships (SIRA) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
With today's win in the Lightweight 4+, TU qualified for an automatic bid in the event at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships this June, giving the Golden Hurricane its first opportunity to compete in post-season racing. Heather Brooks, Susan Stangl, Sinead Higgins, Emily Callen and coxswain Leslie Sanditen won the race in a time of 8:04.8.
The Novice 4+ continued its winning ways and defeated 23 boats en route to the gold medal, turning in a time of 7:51.5, to remain undefeated this season.
"The Novice 4+ and Lightweight 4+ had masterful races," Head Coach Kevin Harris said. "The Lightweights set out to win this race last fall, and I am so proud of the women in this boat. They have done a tremendous job."
In the 2nd Varsity 8+, Tulsa had a slow start, but they hung in there and made a charge at the end to take the bronze medal from Kansas. This is the first TU Eight to medal at the SIRA's since the Varsity 8+ won the gold medal in 2000.
The Varsity 4+ finished sixth overall, while the Varsity 8+ claimed a third-place Petite Final finish.
Tulsa will return to action next Saturday, April 26th, at the Midwest Intercollegiate Rowing Championship in Omaha, Nebraska. The Golden Hurricane will be looking to defend the team title, which Tulsa won last season.
Novice 4+ Grand Final 1. Tulsa - 7:51.5 2. Emory - 8:05.6 3. Marietta - 8:12.3 4. Stetson - 8:20.1 5. Alabama - 8:25.3 6. Murray State - 9:09.9
Lightweight 4+ Grand Final 1. Tulsa - 8:04.8 2. Georgia Tech - 8:11.3 3. Stetson - 8:26.8 4. Auburn - 8:36.5 5. Tenn.-Chattanooga - 9:27.1
Varsity 4+ Grand Final 1. Stetson - 7:58.6 2. Emory - 8:02.3 3. Kansas - 8:16.0 4. Jacksonville - 8:22.5 5. Alabama - 8:26.3 6. Tulsa - 8:45.6
Varsity 8+ Petite Final 1. Murray State - 7:10.2 2. Jacksonville - 7:14.6 3. Tulsa - 7:32.2
2nd Varsity 8+ Grand Final 1. Kansas State - 6:57.9 2. Purdue - 7:02.6 3. Tulsa - 7:05.7 4. Kansas - 7:07.2 5. SMU - 7:13.2 6. Ohio State Club - 7:24.9
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