April 16, 2014
A trip to Tulsa for a battle with the Golden Hurricane and Creighton for the Lawless Cup is on the schedule for this weekend, and the regular season closes out at home when the Ponies host Central Oklahoma on April 26. The American Championship is slated for May 18 in Princeton, N.J.
The Match Up...
The Golden Hurricane hold the 2-0 advantage in the Lawless Cup since its inaugural race in 2012. Last season, Tulsa took the cup in the race at White Rock Lake. This season, Creighton will also be vynig for the cup.
SMU and Tulsa are familiar opponents, with the Mustangs having been a part of Conference USA. Next season, the Hurricane will join The American to renew the league match-up.
Last Time Out...
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (SMU) - The SMU rowing team's crew competing in the Frosh/Novice 4+ race capped off an impressive weekend at the Knecht Cup April 12 and 13 on Mercer Lake by winning the Grand Final.
The Mustangs finished in a time of 8:15.84 earning the victory. Also competing in the final race were future competitors Tulsa and Temple. SMU will see the Golden Hurricane next weekend in Oklahoma for the Lawless Cup, while the Temple Owls are on the schedule for May 18 at the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship.
The crew was composed of freshmen Lindsay Heyman, Dominique Earland, Jessica Clouse, Moyra Tran and sophomore coxswain Nikole Metz. Julia Neppl was also a part of the crew during the event's first race. On Saturday, the group breezed through preliminary rounds winning its first race in 8:16.36 before posting the fastest and only sub-eight minute time of both days in the semifinals at 7:53.01.
SMU's Second Varsity 8+ crew also competed in finals, taking third in the Third Level Final clocking in at 7:10.04. The group was also matched up against American opponents Temple and Connecticut, who finished fourth and sixth, respectively.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (American/SMU) - The SMU rowing team picked up its first American Athletic Conference weekly honor of the season on April 9 as the crew in the Novice 8+ race was named Boat of the Week for its performance on Saturday against Alabama and Eastern Michigan.
"I'm really proud of them and the way they take pride in the program," Head Coach Doug Wright said. "They've been really instrumental in establishing a culture for our program from the day they stepped foot on campus."
The crew of Molly O'Connell, Savannah Moody, Lindsay Heyman, Sydney Severson, Mackenzie Daly, Dominique Earland, Amanda Esposito, Brittany Courteau and Meghan Klein finished their race in a time of 7:47.0 for the victory. Alabama, who was second in the event, clocked in over 11 seconds behind the Ponies at 7:58.5, and Eastern Michigan finished in third at 9:00.8.
"This group is here to help solidify the mindset that we're contenders and competitors," Wright added. "They're here to take us to the next level and they're really living out the values we try to inspire."
The White Rock Advantage...
The Mustangs swept Creighton and Canisius at the SMU Invite held at White Rock Lake March 14 and 15.
The Ponies kicked off the invite sweeping Varsity 8, Varsity 4 and Novice 8 events against Creighton. The first Varsity 8 crew of Savannah Moody, Lindsay Heyman, Allison Buchanan, Mackenzie Daly, Loni Albrecht, Chantelle Conley, Sydney Severson, Lauren Moore and Molly O'Connell clocked in at 7:02.40 to edge out CU at 7:07.
The second Varsity 8 crew finished in a time of 7:10.38, while the Novice 8 crew finished in 7:42.65. SMU's Varsity 4 crew of Nikole Metz, Hanna Axene, Meghan Klein, Brittany Courteau and Amanda Esposito earned the victory in 8:03.37.
SMU completed the sweep with three victories over Canisius. The first Varsity 8 group from Creighton returned with a 7:02.12 finish, and the second Varsity 8 crew clocked in at 7:10.73. In the final event of the weekend, both the Mustangs' Varsity 4 crew and Novice 4 crew crossed ahead of CC with times of 7:51.35 and 8:18.10, respectively.
The Mustangs' regular season concludes at White Rock when they host Central Oklahoma on April 26.