Tulsa's Varsity 4+ Earns Silver Medal at C-USA Championship
May 17, 2014
Oak Ridge, Tennessee - The Tulsa Varsity 4+ earned a silver medal, the 3rd Varsity 8+ picked up a bronze medal and the team finished fourth in the Conference USA Championship on Saturday afternoon on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
"I am really proud of the way the team raced today," Head Coach Kevin Harris said. "The team has come a long way compared to last year. I am glad all of the hard work the team has done this year showed in today's results."
In the Varsity 4+, TU posted a time of 7:36.00 in the Heat and then turned in a second-place finish in the Grand Final with a time of 7:30.38. TU finished three seconds behind Kansas State, but ahead of Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Tennessee in the final.
Up next was the 2nd Varsity 8+ race. Tulsa beat out Sacramento State, West Virginia and Alabama, but trailed Tennessee and Kansas State to make the final. In the final, TU finished sixth overall.
The Golden Hurricane's Varsity 8+ recorded a second-place time in the Heat, trailing Tennessee by one second, but topping Kansas State, West Virginia, Sacramento State and Alabama. In the Grand Final, TU finished fourth behind Oklahoma, Tennessee and Kansas State.
"When the Varsity 4+ came down they put us in a good position, which is exactly what we needed," Harris said. "Then the 2V8+ had a good race, but it wasn't enough. They put a lot of effort into the Heat to make sure we could get in the Grand Final, but they didn't have enough left to beat those teams. Then the Varsity 8+ had a great race, the best of the season. They were third in the middle 1,000-meters, but Kansas State surged forward in the last second to best us. I am really proud of the effort of all of the scoring and non-scoring boats."
Tulsa also raced in two races that did not count toward the teams' point totals, including the Open 4+ and Open 8+.
In the Open 4+, TU's `A' boat finished fifth, while the `B' boat was seventh in the Petite Final, while the Open 8+ earned a fourth-place mark in the Grand Final.
Renee Vanasse, who rowed in the Varsity 8+, was named to the All-Conference USA rowing team.
Tulsa's Lightweight 8+ will close out the season at the IRA National Championship on May 31-June 1 in Mercer County, N.J.
Team Standings 1. Oklahoma - 62 2. Tennessee - 58 3. Kansas State - 56 4. Tulsa - 46 5. Texas - 44 6. Sacramento State - 30 7. Kansas - 28 8. Old Dominion - 27 9. San Diego State - 19 10. West Virginia - 17 11. Alabama - 9
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