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April 19, 2012

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The University of Tulsa rowing team will host the Sixth Annual Lawless Cup this Saturday, April 21st beginning at 8:30 am at the J. Bird Sr. Shell Nest on the Verdigris River in Catoosa, Okla. TU will take on Conference USA rival SMU in a 1,250-meter upstream duel.

"We race all over the country, but we don't get to perform in front of our home fans very often," Head Coach Kevin Harris said. "We want to make the Golden Hurricane nation proud of the support they give to athletics. It is so much fun to come out and show our fans just how good this team is and we look forward to showcasing our seniors in this event. This is a big year for us as we lose 18 women to graduation or moving out of their eligibility, and we want to send them out in a big way."

TU and SMU will race in four events, including Second Varsity 8+, Varsity 4+, Varsity 8+ and Open/Novice 8+.

The Lawless Cup was established in 2005 to recognize the outstanding contributions that TU President Emeritus Dr. Robert Lawless and his wife, Marcy, made toward the success of the Tulsa women's rowing program.

Since the inception of the Lawless Cup, TU has gone undefeated in Lawless Cup races, bringing home the trophy, which is presented to the winner of the Varsity 8+ race, in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

In each those years, TU defeated Creighton, however this year marks the first time that SMU has participated in this event, which has become a celebrated tradition for TU, the women's rowing program and the many fans that come to cheer on the Golden Hurricane along the banks of the beautiful Verdigris River.

"It is nice to have SMU come to Tulsa for this event," Harris said. "We have a lot of traditional rivalry with SMU and the fact that they are a Conference USA opponent adds to the excitement for the regatta."

Directions to the J. Bird Sr. Shell Nest from the TU Campus
1. Go North on Harvard.
2. Take 1-244 East, which turns into 1-44 East.
3. Exit 241 onto 66 East toward Catoosa/Claremore.
4. After approximately four miles, turn right into Rogers Point Park.
5. Follow the road straight toward the J. Bird Sr. Shell Nest.

Schedule of Events (Note: This schedule is a floating schedule.) Time Event Lane 1 Lane 2 Lane 3 8:30 a.m. Second Varsity 8+ TU 2V8 SMU TU LW8 8:45 a.m. Varsity 4+ TU V4A SMU TU V4B 9:00 a.m. Varsity 8+ SMU TU 9:20 a.m. Open/Novice 4+ TU N4B SMU TU N4A

Projected Tulsa Lineups Open/Novice 4+ `A' Angela Metzler Jamie Roloff Allison Kiefer Amanda Ames Amy Richardson

Open/Novice 4+ `B' Abigail Gorman Colleen Wohlrab Patrizia Perazzo Rosie McCarthy Lauren Mann

Varsity 4+ `A' Elissa Stiles Kelly Hill Meredith Papps Zoe Fleischmann Jourdan Kondrat

Varsity 4+ `B' Megan Melott Alaina Ferraro Kelsey Kean Rachel Buchanan Becca Bratcher

Varsity 8+ Dana Urbanek Allyson Brooks Amanda Schenk Amy Nelson Renee Vanasse Emory Cate Arielle Tillou Stephanie Rogers Jessica Fosdyck

Second Varsity 8+ Natalie Hall Melissa Urquhart Megan Fitzpatrick Amanda Urquhart Brooke Helmberger Katie Holtvogt Emily Wynn Carly Schmidt Alexandra Guth

Lightweight 8+ Abigail Gorman Jamie Roloff Molly Selig Colleen Wohlrab Lauren Mann Puja Sztorc Rosie McCarthy Amy Richardson Catharine Brierre



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