Senior Maggie Jones
April 26, 2014
DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU rowing program picked up a pair of victories in the Varsity 4+ and Varsity 8+ races on Saturday morning at White Rock Lake.
"Today was a really good testament to our training and what their mindset is and how compelled they are to win," Head Coach Doug Wright said.
It was the last home event for the Mustangs and the Varsity 8 crew left it all out on the lake. The crew of Maggie Jones, Savannah Moody, Lindsay Heyman, Loni Albrecht, Miranda Zsigmond, Sydney Severson, Chantelle Conley, Hanna Axene and Lauren Moore clocked in at 6:42.5 to defeat the Bronchos. The time was a season-best for the crew, who bested a time of 6:47.27 from last weekend's Lawless Cup.
"Once we put that solid race plan together we're going to work each week on getting faster and they did an awesome job today," Wright said. "They're really sticking to our plan and they have a great mindset and there's competitiveness within that group to really commit to come out on top at the conference championship."
SMU's Second Varsity 8+ crew finished the 2k course in 7:04.3. UCO's crew took the second spot at 6:50.3.
"I feel great about their performance," Wright said. "Those kids have really stepped up. To come to college and not know you're going to row until after classes start and then to be where they are now is amazing. They've done a great job, and Bill [McLean] has done an amazing job coaching them."
The final race of the morning featured the Mustang Frosh/Novice 4+ crew and a pair of crews from Central. UCO's `B' crew won the race in 8:09.3, while its `A' boat came in second and was followed by SMU.
"There's something special about the seniors," Wright said. "Those people that have been here for four years and put their heart and soul into it lead by example and the things they do keep the foundation and keep building on the program. The incoming athletes are able to look to them and know that that's how they become champions. They've really established the culture of the program and I'm sad to be losing them. I'm going to miss them; they've really left their legacy behind."
The Mustangs are back in action on May 18 for the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship in Princeton, N.J.
"We've seen some of the conference and we're really dialed in on what some of them are doing," Wright added. "We're really focused on being top three at the conference championship."