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Sooners Claim Second-Consecutive Big 12 Rowing Championship
May 03, 2014


OKLAHOMA CITY – For the second year in a row, the Oklahoma Sooners claimed the Big 12 Rowing Championship. With three races to go, the Sooners sat in fourth place in the overall team standings, but first place finishes in the First Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Eight propelled the Sooners to claim 125 final team points and the championship. The Sooners claimed the crown in front of a hometown crowd at the Chesapeake Boathouse in Oklahoma City.

Kansas State finished second in the team standings with 112 points. The second place finish is the Wildcats' highest finish since 2009. Kansas came in third (102), Texas finished fourth (91) and West Virginia finished fifth (50).

Kansas started the day strong, claiming the Fourth Varsity Eight title and taking second in the Third Varsity Eight and the Second Varsity Four to take the team lead with 41 points after the morning's first three races. 

Oklahoma dominated the second half of the morning, sweeping the First Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Eight races. The Sooners finished the 2V8 race in 7:35.24 and the 1V8 race in 7:19.48, securing enough points to clinch the team title.

"We got off to a slow start early this season and the team really came together in the last couple weeks, I'm really proud of them," Oklahoma coach Leeanne Crain said. "Our girls put in the long hours and the hard work to prepare for this event and I think that showed out on the course. It was great to get the win in front of our home crowd."

The 2014 All-Big 12 Teams were also announced, with 10 student-athletes selected to each squad. The Big 12 Rower, Newcomer and Coach of the Year will be announced on Wednesday, May 7.

The NCAA Rowing Championship will be held May 30 - June 1 at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind.

Oklahoma City Boathouse
Team Results          
1. Oklahoma 125
2. K-State 112
3. Kansas 102
4. Texas 91
5. West Virginia 50
First Varsity Eight  
1. Oklahoma 7:19.48
2. K-State 7:24.17
3. Kansas 7:30.21
4. Texas 7:33.13
5. West Virginia 7:35.33
Second Varsity Eight  
1. Oklahoma 7:35.24
2. K-State 7:43.44
3. Texas 7:46.75
4. Kansas 7:49.36
5. West Virginia 8:32.67
Third Varsity Eight  
1. Oklahoma 7:40.89
2. Kansas 7:53.82
3. Texas 7:53.95
4. K-State 8:05.53
5. West Virginia 8:23.58
Fourth Varsity Eight  
1. Kansas 7:44.95
2. Texas 8:01.62
3. Oklahoma 8:02.61
4. K-State 8:06.88
5. West Virginia 8:38.08
First Varsity Four  
1. Kansas 8:21.83
2. Texas 8:21.97
3. K-State 8:24.05
4. Oklahoma 8:29.89
5. West Virginia 9:07.22
 Second Varsity Four  
1. K-State 8:24.51
2. Kansas 8:33.15
3. Texas 8:33.63
4. Oklahoma 8:53.86
5. West Virginia 9:00.78

All-Big 12 First Team
Courtney Schrand, West Virginia
Gia Doonan, Texas
Elizabeth Scherer, Kansas
Allison Dorau, K-State
Lisa Angell, K-State
Kristin Clift, Oklahoma
Marilyn Kozlowski, Oklahoma
Heather Morris, Oklahoma
Emmie Preskitt, Oklahoma
Ashley Carpenter, Oklahoma

All-Big 12 Second Team
Karen Verwey, West Virginia
Casey Redman, Texas
Alexandra Torquemada, Kansas
Claudijah Leve, Kansas
Meggie Murray, K-State
Madi Haney, K-State
Kellie O'Reilly, Oklahoma
Kim Moldenhauer, Oklahoma
Laura Combs, Oklahoma
Hillary Schartz, K-State
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