MORGANTOWN, W.Va – The West Virginia University rowing team closed the season by winning three Petite Finals at the 2017 Big 12 Championship on Melton Lake in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
“We had a good weekend of racing,” coach Jimmy King said. “All of our crews identified areas for improvement on Saturday then put together better racing today. While the results are, of course, not what we want, we're certainly pleased with the efforts put forth. We're doing good things on and off the water, but bottom line is that we need to get fitter and stronger.”
On Saturday, WVU opened the event by finishing fourth in the first varsity eight race, moving them to Sunday’s Petite Final.
West Virginia would also finish fourth in the second varsity eight, first varsity four, second varsity four and third varsity eight competitions to advance to the Petite Finals.
The Mountaineers began the final day of competition by besting Old Dominion in the third varsity eight Petite Final. WVU was able to finish in 7:13.417, nearly four seconds ahead of the Monarchs.
West Virginia was also able to claim a victory in the first four Petite Final, crossing the finish line in 7:33.229.
WVU took its third race of the day when the second varsity eight boat finished in open water in 7:00.956, 13 seconds ahead of their counterparts.
In the second four Grand Final, the Mountaineers finished seventh in 7:46.677. In the first varsity eight Petite Final, Old Dominion edged the Mountaineers crew who finished in 6:47.427.
No. 3 Texas would go on to claim the Big 12 Conference championship for the third straight year and seventh in the last nine years.
Senior Louisa Morgan
was also named to the All-Big 12 Rowing Team.
The Big 12 Championship wrapped up the 2017 season for the Mountaineers.
"I'm really pleased with the progress our young team made through the course of the season,” King continued. “Much credit goes to our seniors who have been integral to the development of their younger teammates. Through the efforts of our seniors, our team ends the season excited about what's ahead."