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Texas Finishes Fourth at NCAA Championships
May 28, 2017
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Texas placed all three of its boats among the top-seven finishers and registered a Big 12 and school best fourth place team finish at the 2017 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships Sunday on Mercer Lake.

The Longhorns record their first NCAA Championships top five finish after placing seventh in 2015 and eighth as a team a year ago. UT's fourth-place national finish is the top showing ever by a Big 12 rowing school at the NCAA Championships.

Texas' I Eight boat matched a school record with a fourth-place national individual finish, and the Four boat reached new heights for Texas with its program-best fourth-place individual finish, as well. UT added key points from its II Eight, which won its six-boat petite final for seventh place overall.

Washington claimed the team title with 132 points and became the first school to sweep all three grand finals at the NCAA Championships. Defending champion California placed second with 123 points while Michigan took third with 112 points. Texas took home the fourth-place trophy with 108 points. Ohio State, winners of three of the last five NCAA team titles, rounded out the top-five in the 22-team event with 106 points.

Texas opened the championship finals day with an outstanding performance from the Four boat in its grand final. The Longhorns trailed Michigan for fourth place by over three seconds at 1,500 meters, but Texas mounted a furious push in the final 500 meters to overtake the Wolverines and place fourth overall at 7:20.326. Washingtosn was victorious in 7:07.103. California took second at 7:11.706 while Ohio State placed third at 7:16.473.

Texas trailed Yale and Princeton through the opening 1,000 meters of the II Eight petite final, but the Longhorns passed them both by the 1,500-meter mark. Texas wouldn't be denied, as it claimed the petite final for seventh place overall at 6:48.403. Yale placed second at 6:49.793 and Stanford took third at 6:50.220.

Texas needed a big finish from its I Eight to land a spot on the awards podium for a top-four team finish, and the I Eight delivered. UT sat in fifth behind Michigan at the 1,000- and 1,500-meter marks, but the Longhorns' final push over the last 100 meters was enough to eclipse the Wolverines. Texas beat Michigan to the finish by less than a tenth of a second and placed fourth overall at 6:44.737. Washington won the I Eight grand final at 6:36.939 while Stanford took second at 6:38.520. California rounded out the top-three at 6:40.069.

2017 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships
Sunday Finals
Top-Five Final Team Standings (Top-Five of 22)
1 Washington, 132
2 California, 123
3 Michigan, 112
4 TEXAS, 108
5 Ohio State, 105

I Eight – Grand Final
Texas Crew: Shannon Barry (coxswain), Ljiljana Josic, Pippa Loveard, Gia Doonan, Milica Slijepcevic, Mariam Soufi, Alice Bowyer, Emily Froehlich, Fanny Bon
1 Washington, 6:36.939
2 Stanford, 6:38.520
3 California, 6:40.069
4 TEXAS, 6:44.737
5 Michigan, 6:44.812
6 Yale, 6:48.634

II Eight – Petite Final
Texas Crew: Samantha Ennis (coxswain), Margaret Dail, Inga Gasbakk, Alexandra Watson, Alexa McAuliffe, Sarah Cadman, Jillian Renly, Amy Louise Smith, Rachel Fleming
1 TEXAS, 6:48.403
2 Yale, 6:49.793
3 Stanford, 6:50.220

4 Princeton, 6:51.088
5 Syracuse, 6:56.138
6 Virginia, 6:56.760

Four – Grand Final
Texas Crew: Ashley Jacobs (coxswain), Allyson Hite, Courtney Crossley, Sara Neaves, Barb Klavin
1 Washington, 7:07.103
2 California, 7:11.706
3 Ohio State, 7:16.473
4 TEXAS, 7:20.326
5 Michigan, 7:21.099
6 Princeton, 7:25.406

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