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Tulsa Rowing Hosts Creighton on Saturday at J. Bird Sr. Shell Nest

April 26, 2013

Tulsa, Oklahoma -

The Tulsa rowers will host Creighton in a duel on Saturday, April 27th beginning at 8:30 am at the J. Bird Sr. Shell Nest in Catoosa, Okla. The two teams will compete in six races, including the Varsity 8+, Lightweight 8+/Second Varsity 8+, Varsity 4+, Third Varsity 4+, Lightweight 4+/Second Varsity 4+ and the Novice 8+.

"It is always nice to race Creighton because of the long-standing competition between the two schools," Head Coach Kevin Harris said. "Creighton is part of the West Coast Conference so it is a good crossover in terms of what we do later in the season as the NCAA looks at the different races that we do. It is also senior day and we have eight seniors to recognize this year. They are all very important to the program and we will miss them greatly. Hopefully we'll send them off with a win, and we are able to get ourselves ready for the Conference USA Championship and IRA afterward."

The Tulsa women are coming off a solid weekend of racing against some of the top teams in the nation at the Lake Natoma Invitational, and have also competed in four other regattas this season. TU's Lightweight 4+ and Lightweight 8+ both turned in third-place finishes at the Knecht Cup, while the Varsity 8+ posted wins over UCF and Kansas State at the Longhorn Invitational.

The Bluejays are coming off a duel win over Nebraska last weekend, posting the top two finishes in all three races, including the Varsity 4+ `A', Varsity 4+ `B' and Varsity 8+. Creighton also recently earned the Upper Midwest Collegiate Sprints crown, taking first in three of eight races.

After the regatta, TU will honor seniors Allyson Brooks, Megan Fitzpatrick, Rosie McCarthy, Megan Melott-Elliott, Meredith Papps, Amanda Schenk, Molly Selig and Puja Sztorc at the boathouse.

Directions to the J. Bird Sr. Shell Nest from The University of Tulsa campus:
1. Go North on Harvard.
2. Take I-244 East, which turns into I-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 Time Event Lane 1 Lane 2 Lane 3 8:30 a.m. Varsity 8+ Creighton Tulsa 8:45 a.m. Lwt 8+/2V8+ Tulsa 2V Creighton Tulsa Lwt 9:00 a.m. Varsity 4+ Creighton Tulsa 9:15 a.m. 3V4+ Tulsa Novice Creighton 9:30 am. Lwt 4+/2V4+ Tulsa Lwt Creighton Tulsa 9:45 a.m. Novice 8+ Creighton Tulsa

Lineups Varsity 4+ Helen Char Puja Sztorc Amanda Ames Rachel Perry Liz Akin

Second Varsity 4+ Betsy Govig Emily Farrar Sam Tober Jerusha Blankenship Hannah Emnett

Third Varsity 4+ Kaitlyn Schneider Leah Suleski Elaine Schillinger Sarah Ward Madison Crane

Lightweight 4+ Angela Metzler Patrizia Perazzo Lauren Mann Lauren Delucchi Jasmine McGill

Varsity 8+ Rosie McCarthy Allyson Brooks Amanda Schenk Amy Nelson Renee Vanasse Brooke Helmberger Zoe Fleischmann Ashley Lane Carly Schmidt

Second Varsity 8+ Betsy Govig Melissa Urquhart Hannah Emnett Emily Farrar Sam Tober Jerusha Blankenship Megan Fitzpatrick Allison Kiefer Meredith Papps

Lightweight 8+ Megan Melott-Elliott Sarah Ringler Emalia Seto Marissa Catalanotto Colleen Wohlrab Jamie Roloff Amy Richardson Emily Loudenback Molly Selig

Novice 8+ Kaitlyn Schneider Sarah Ringler Emalia Seto Marissa Catalanotto Rachel Perry Leah Suleski Sarah Ward Madison Crane Elaine Schillinger



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