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Five Tulsa Boats Earn Top-Three Finishes at Head of the Hooch

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Nov. 3, 2012

Chattanooga, Tenn. - Five Tulsa boats medaled and all 12 boats finished in the top-20 on Saturday at the Head of the Hooch Regatta on the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Golden Hurricane will continue racing at the Head of the Hooch on Sunday.

"Obviously the Head of the Hooch is a high caliber competition, and I can't help but be pleased with the way we rowed today," Head Coach Kevin Harris said. "The majority of the women on our team are freshman, so the fact that we were able to win three races and medal in two others shows a lot about the character and fortitude of this group. I was happy with the way each boat attacked their race plan today, so hopefully that will continue on tomorrow and then into the spring season."

Megan Melott-Elliott, Jamie Roloff, Emalia Seto, Sarah Ringler and Colleen Wohlrab raced TU's Lightweight 4+ `A' to a top mark with a time of 18:28.0, while the Hurricane `B' boat was fourth. In the Lightweight 8+, Tulsa again earned the top mark with a time of 17:00.4 and the `B' boat was fourth.

"I thought the Lightweights did a really good job today," Assistant Coach and Lightweight Coach Rodney Mott said. "We knew going into today that we are a strong crew and we showed that today. We were able to use a new boat and we represented it well. We are happy with our results and that we are showing better speed than we did at this point last year. We are on pace with where we need to be."

TU unveiled a new boat today, the Michelle Sechser, named after TU's first rower to row for the national team.



"It was very exciting to unveil the name on the boat," Harris said. "The team decided to race today to honor her. We always appreciate our alumni for all that they did while at Tulsa, and what they give back to our program as they move forward."

Tulsa's Novice 4+ `A' consisting of Helen Char, Emily Loudenback, Elizabeth Keane, Marissa Catalanotto and Jasmine McGill, captured a top finish in a time of 19:24.5, while the Hurricane `B' boat was 11th with a time of 21:01.1. TU's Novice 8+ claimed a second-place mark, 11-seconds behind Old Dominion, but 15 seconds faster than Texas.

Melissa Urquhart and Zoe Fleischmann combined for a third-place mark with a time of 19:44.4 in the Championship 2x.

In the Championship 4+, the Tulsa `A' and `B' boats finished eighth and 14th, respectively, in times of 18:40.0 and 18:58.0, while the Championship 8+ boats were 10th and 17th overall.

Championship 2x
1. Composite Affiliation - 18:54.0
2. Oklahoma City - 19:16.6
3. Tulsa - 19:44.4

Championship 2x Melissa Urquhart Zoe Fleischmann

Novice 4+ 1. Tulsa `A' - 19:24.5 2. Eastern Michigan - 19:57.8 3. Samford - 20:01.2 11. Tulsa `B' - 21:01.1

Novice 4+ `A' Helen Char Emily Loudenback Elizabeth Keane Marissa Catalanotto Jasmine McGill

Novice 4+ `B' Melissa Knauf Kiren Koshal Sasha West Kate Cooley Leah Suleski

Championship 4+ 1. Duke - 17:46.1 2. Miami - 18:12.9 3. Texas - 18:18.2 8. Tulsa `A' - 18:40.0 14. Tulsa `B' - 18:58.0

Championship 4+ `A' Betsy Govig Renee Vanasse Allyson Brooks Meredith Papps Brooke Helmberger

Championship 4+ `B' Helen Char Alexandra Guth Carly Schmidt Amy Nelson Megan Fitzpatrick

Lightweight 4+ 1. Tulsa `A' - 18:28.0 2. Old Dominion - 18:52.3 3. Orlando Rowing Club - 19:35.2 4. Tulsa `B' - 20:04.5

Lightweight 4+ `A' Megan Melott-Elliott Jamie Roloff Emalia Seto Sarah Ringler Colleen Wohlrab

Lightweight 4+ `B' Angela Metzler Molly Selig Patrizia Perazzo Lauren Mann Rosie McCarthy

Novice 8+ 1. Old Dominion - 17:28.3 2. Tulsa - 17:39.5 3. Texas `A' - 17:56.9

Novice 8+ Kaitlyn Schneider Emily Farrar Sam Tober Ashley Lane Alana Bobka Jerusha Blankenship Hannah Emnett Liz Akin Rachel Perry

Championship 8+ 1. Duke `A' - 16:03.5 2. Oklahoma `A' - 16:25.6 3. Miami `A' - 16:28.4 10. Tulsa `A' - 16:54.1 17. Tulsa `B' - 17:24.0

Championship 8+ `A' Betsy Govig Renee Vanasse Allyson Brooks Melissa Urquhart Amy Nelson Sam Tober Ashley Lane Zoe Fleischmann Brooke Helmberger

Championship 8+ `B' Helen Char Alexandra Guth Megan Fitzpatrick Emily Farrar Meredith Papps Alana Bobka Carly Schmidt Allison Kiefer Puja Sztorc

Lightweight 8+ 1. Tulsa `A' - 17:00.4 2. Orlando Rowing Club - 18:01.7 3. Florida `A' - 18:19.9 4. Tulsa `B' - 18:23.5

Lightweight 8+ `A' Megan Melott-Elliott Jamie Roloff Emalia Seto Sarah Ringler Colleen Wohlrab Emily Loudenback Elizabeth Keane Marissa Catalanotto Molly Selig

Lightweight 8+ `B' Angela Metzler Patrizia Perazzo Rosie McCarthy Leah Suleski Lauren Mann Liz Akin Lauren Delucchi Jasmine McGill Elaine Schillinger

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