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Texas Rowing Makes History After Placing Second at NCAA Championships
June 02, 2019
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On Sunday morning at the 2019 NCAA Championships in Eagle Creek Park, Texas rowing made history, placing all three boats on the podium and finishing second overall in team points with 125. The result marks the first time that all Texas boats have finished in the top three. The team finish marks Texas' third consecutive year of besting its previous record in NCAA Championship finishes.

The Washington Huskies secured the 2019 national title with 132 points, sweeping and breaking time records in all three races for the second time in NCAA Rowing history. Michigan took third place with 119 points, and Stanford and Ohio State rounded out the top five, with 116 and 105 points, respectively.

With the threat of wind affecting lane fairness, regatta officials altered Sunday's race schedule. The first eights raced at 8:00 a.m. CT to avoid the brute of the gusts and ensure choice racing. 

The first eight went on to place third in the six-boat grand final, good for the top finish ever by a Longhorns boat at an NCAA Championship. The Division I first eight grand final race was a neck-and-neck thriller, with all six teams finishing in a slim four-second window. The Longhorns narrowly missed first by .687 seconds, conceding to Washington.

The second eight grand final race did not disappoint, as Texas crossed the line at 6:12.328, just over a second behind Washington. The Longhorns were able to overtake Michigan within the last 500 meters of the race, to which the Wolverines. This was the boat's third trip to the grand final race in the last four seasons.

At the 2018 NCAA Championships, the Longhorns eclipsed their then program-best fourth-place team showing from 2017 and raised the bar even higher, as Texas secured another team trophy and placed third in the final team standings with 115 points. California claimed the team title with 130 points while Washington placed second with 128 points.

The Horns' Four boat shattered its previous program-best finish from a year ago and placed third overall at 6:56.987. Washington clinched the NCAA team title with the win in 6:52.451 and Stanford settled for second at 6:55.642.

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