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