Tulsa Rowers Finish Fifth at Conference USA Championship
May 12, 2012
Tulsa, Oklahoma - The University of Tulsa women's rowing team concluded the season with a fifth-place finish at the 2012 Conference USA Championship at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Host Tennessee won the team championship, while Texas and Oklahoma rounded out the top three.
"I am so proud of the work ethic and enthusiasm of this team," Head Coach Kevin Harris said. "They have worked hard, volunteered in the community, excelled in the classroom, and have improved on the water. The reality is we are a lot faster than we were last year. I am blessed to be at Tulsa. The rowing staff has done a fantastic job this year and I am excited to see what the future holds."
Arielle Tillou, a senior from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and a member of the Varsity 8+, was one of 15 student-athletes from around the league named to the All-C-USA team.
"There are not enough superlatives in the world to describe how great Arielle Tillou is," Harris said. "There hasn't been a day since she stepped foot on campus four years ago that she hasn't given it her all. She epitomizes what The University of Tulsa student-athletes are like, and I am incredibly proud of her and we will all miss her a lot."
In the Varsity 8+, TU turned in a second-place time of 6:50.30 in the Heat to advance to the Grand Final, where the Golden Hurricane was fifth in a time of 6:54.20.
Tulsa's Varsity 4+ also captured a second-place mark in its Heat and a fifth-place finish in the Grand Final with times of 7:43.54 and 7:46.69, respectively.
The Second Varsity 8+ posted a sixth-place finish in the Grand Final with a time of 7:17.31, after recording a third-place mark in the Heat. The Open 4+ also finished sixth with a time of 8:32.93.
At the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, Tulsa's ninth-ranked Lightweight 8+ turned in a fourth-place finish in a time of 7:32.54 in the Grand Final. The Hurricane trailed third-ranked Bucknell, seventh-ranked Buffalo and eighth-ranked MIT in the only race of the day.
"We wished we could have gone out on a better note today," Assistant Coach Rodney Mott said. "We just couldn't get into a good rhythm going down the course, but that is the way things go sometimes. The team had great effort and motivation, but we just didn't pull it all together today."
Conference USA Team Finish 1. Tennessee 2. Texas 3. Oklahoma 4. UCF 5. Tulsa 6. Kansas State 7. Alabama 8. Kansas 9. SMU
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