After a thrilling day of preliminary races, the finals are set at the 2016 Big 12 Rowing Championship. All eight Big 12 squads earned a spot in at least one Grand Final, with Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas placing boats in the Grand Final of all five races set for Sunday.
The top three teams from each preliminary heat raced on Saturday advanced to the Grand Finals, while the remaining two teams will battle it out in the Petite Final.
In the First Eight race, Texas (6:12.192) and Oklahoma (6:27.328) took the top spots in their respective heats. The two squads will be joined by Kansas, Kansas State, Old Dominion and Tennessee in the Grand Final, while Alabama and West Virginia will face off in the Petite Final.
The second race of the day, the Second Eight, was also topped by Texas (6:23.453) and Oklahoma (6:34.270). Joining OU and UT in the Grand Final will be Kansas, Old Dominion, Tennessee and West Virginia. Alabama and Kansas State will face off in the Petite Final.
The Longhorns and Sooners also took top spots in the First Four with times of 7:07.652 and 7:20.851, respectively. The pair will be joined by Alabama, Kansas, Old Dominion and Tennessee in the Grand Final, while the Wildcats and Mountaineers will collide in the Petite Final.
OU and UT continued their dominance with wins in the Second Four heats as well. Texas put up a time of 7:04.110 and Oklahoma hit a 7:20.289 mark. Alabama, Kansas, Old Dominion and Tennessee will join the pair in the Grand Final, as Kansas State and West Virginia will race in the Petite Final.
In the final preliminary race, the Third Eight, Texas (6:27.397) and Oklahoma (6:51.899) took their respective heats. The duo will compete against Alabama, Kansas, Kansas State and Tennessee in the Grand Final. Old Dominion and West Virginia face off in the Petite Final.
Alabama, Kansas and Texas competed in the Third Four on Saturday as an exhibition race. Texas placed first with a time of 7:17.830, while Alabama and Kansas trailed behind with respective times of 7:35.488 and 7:38.218.
Sunday’s finals get underway at Melton Hill Lake at 9 a.m. ET. Log on to Big12Sports.com to catch the live stream.