MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -
The West Virginia University rowing team concluded its run in the Big 12 Conference Championships, today, on the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City, with seniors Courtney Schrand
and Karen Verwey
earning All-Big 12 honors.
"Very disappointing day for the Mountaineers,” says coach Jimmy King. “We're particularly disappointed in the lack of execution, both physically and mentally, among some of our crews. While the conditions were challenging and there are other factors to which we could point, bottom line is that the job didn't get done from a team-wide perspective."
The Mountaineers finished fifth in the team standings, amassing 50 points. Oklahoma defended its 2013 crown, claiming its second Big 12 Rowing championship with 125 team-points. Kansas State took second with 112 team-points, while Kansas rounded out the top-three with 102 points.
Schrand was named to the All-Big 12 First Team for the second consecutive year, while Verwey was named to the second team.
"Our first varsity eight raced well today,despite being in the outside lane. They remained composed in the challenging conditions, which enabled them to battle Texas in the adjacent lane, King says. “Although they were able to move ahead of the Longhorns by a couple of seats in the third 500-meters, Texas had a better push to the finish line."
The event concluded with the first varsity eights competing over a 2000-meter course. WVU finished in fifth place, two seconds behind Texas, recording a time of 7:35.33. Oklahoma won the event, turning in a 7:19.48.
The Mountaineers' second varsity eight boat turned in an 8:32.67 to finish in fifth. The Sooners came away with the victory, posting a 7:35.24.
The third varsity eight boat, featuring coxswain Emily Deming
, crossed the line in fifth, recording an 8:23.58. WVU's fourth varsity eight also came in fifth place, finishing the course in 8:38.08.
The second varsity four rowed 9.00.78 to cross the line in fifth place. Kansas State won the event with an 8:24.51.
"We have two weeks remaining in our season. Two weeks of focused training now that school is done. Two weeks during which we will find more speed in all of our crews,” King says.
The Mountaineers will be back in action at the Conference USA Rowing Championships on May 17 in Oak Ridge, Tenn., on Melton Hill Lake. It will be the second time this spring WVU has competed on Melton Hill Lake, as it opened the spring season at the venue at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invite from May 15-16.
West Virginia's Lineups
First Varsity Eight
Second Varsity Eight
Third Varsity Eight
Fourth Varsity Eight
First Varsity Four
Second Varsity Four