April 25, 2014
The Mustangs' regular season closes out at home when the Ponies host Central Oklahoma on April 26 at 9 a.m. CT for senior day, and after a three week hiatus, SMU is back in action at The American Championship on May 18 in Princeton, N.J.
Scouting The Bronchos...
Central Oklahoma is coming of an appearance at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Both the Broncho Varsity 8+ and Novice 8+ crews finished the event sixth in Grand Finals. Its Varsity 4+ crew finished the event fifth in the C Final.
The White Rock Advantage...
In their last home event, 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.
Last Time Out...
CATOOSA, Okla. (SMU) - The SMU rowing team finished second in three of its four races at Tulsa, including a runner-up finish in the First Varsity 8+ race where Tulsa took home the victory and the Lawless Cup for the third-straight year.
"We had a good day versus Tulsa and Creighton," Head Coach Doug Wright said. "We haven't quite caught Tulsa yet, but the gap was closed considerably."
SMU finished the Varsity 8+ race in an impressive, season-best time of 6:45.27 behind the crew from Tulsa who clocked in at 6:38.5. Creighton placed third in the race with a time of 6:51.28. In Second Varsity 8+ action, the Ponies finished in 7:03.25 and were edged out by the Golden Hurricane (6:49.14), but once again defeated the Bluejays (7:12.45).
"In the 2v we repeated a defeat of Creighton for the second time this season," Wright said. "Where we were really impressive in the 2v was the amount of time we made up on Tulsa from just a week ago. We made up nearly 12 seconds over their 2v time."
SMU's other second-place finish came from its Frosh/Novice 4+ crew who finished their race in 8:07.96.
SMU also competed in the Varsity 4+ race and finished in 8:07.31, good for third.
"Our 4's raced well and with a few of the athletes in these crews that have not had a lot of races under their belts this season, I thought they were great," said Wright.
"We haven't felt like we have really put together a solid race since drake on March 29. With only a seven second difference in time to Tulsa at this point in the season we still have time to increase our speed even more," Wright added. "They put together a great row today. We can continue to build speed into conference championships."
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."