April 11, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU women's rowing team will race against conference-rival Tulsa for the Lawless Cup Saturday morning on White Rock Lake at 9 a.m. For the Mustangs, it will be the second home event of the season, but the Mustangs will be in head-to-head competition with the Golden Hurricane for the first time this year.
"I am looking forward to racing Tulsa this weekend," head coach Doug Wright stated. "We have had a great rivalry over the years. This marks the 2nd year of the Lawless Cup race between the two schools, which will become part of the regular schedule."
The Mustangs won on their home water against Creighton in the first race of the spring, and beat Kansas State to the finish line at the San Diego Crew Classic in the most recent regatta after the Wildcats edged out SMU earlier in the season.
"Our first boat did a great job closing the gap on K-state last weekend at the crew classic by beating them by just over 2 seconds. We finished well behind them at the Long Horn invite a few weeks ago so I feel that our speed is making great progress. All of our crews have really done a nice job of focusing the last couple weeks," Wright explained.
"If our goal of increasing our speed week to week goes as planned, we can close the gap on Tulsa as well. They have gotten the better of us the last few years, so they are going to be ready to race hard and fast. There is no doubt, we are going to need to bring our absolute best on Saturday, but we're up to that."
Last season, the SMU 2nd Varsity 8+ was just seven seconds off the pace of the Tulsa crew, and the 1st Varsity 8+ recorded its fastest time of the season in Catoosa, Okla. Wright is hoping experience the SMU crews have gained against some of the nation's top teams will be enough to bring the Lawless Cup to Dallas.
"We had a tough challenge last weekend going up against a few Pac 10 giants. I tell them if they can stand eye-to-eye with those crews in the top 10 across the country, there is no reason that we can't be as fast through training and racing," the veteran coach continued. "We have made some line-up changes due to injury with that crew, but we're working that out and looking forward to the head-to-head with Tulsa's 2V8+ this weekend."
The SMU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is hosting a Pack the House at Saturday's race. A breakfast buffet will be provided for all SMU student-athletes in attendance, and can be purchased for 15 dollars by any other fans who wish to eat.