Sooners Take Second at Big 12 Championship

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

NORMAN — The Oklahoma rowing team clinched second place at the 2018 Big 12 Championship, held on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

The Sooners totaled 38 points, 10 points behind third-ranked Texas. The Longhorns and Sooners were followed by Tennessee (37 points), Kansas State (31), Alabama (23), Kansas (21), Old Dominion (10) and West Virginia (8). 

In addition, five Sooners were named to the All-Big 12 Team: rowers Abby Lange, Maria Pergouli, Katja Ruebling and Sophie Salt and coxswain Ruby Hays. 

Overall, the Sooners claimed four silver-medal placings and a fourth-place finish. 

In the first race of the day, the Sooners' 3V8 boat crossed the finish line in 7:07.564. It edged Alabama, Tennessee, Kansas State, Kansas and Old Dominion while finishing second to Texas. 

The Oklahoma 2V4 clocked in at 7:42.595 to place second, finishing almost five seconds faster than third-place Alabama. The Sooners also took second in their next race, finishing in 7:30.862 in the 1V4 contest. 

Oklahoma's 2V8 placed fourth with a time of 6:59.310, finishing behind Texas, Tennessee and Kansas State, respectively. 

The 1V8 boat closed out the Sooners' day with another second-place finish (6:41.714), crossing ahead of Tennessee, Kansas State, Kansas and Alabama.

With Texas earning the automatic qualifier bid to the NCAA Championships, the Sooners would need to be selected as an at-large team, which is announced Tuesday at 5 p.m.



C Rubie Hays

S Maria Pergouli

7 Abby Lange

6 Katja Ruebling

5 Sophie Salt

4 Baylee Barnes

3 Madeleine Lange

2 Andrea Batchev

B Kalie Heffernan



C Emily Coffman

S Maxi Baumgart

7 Emma Reinsch

6 Andreja Kekic

5 Shelby Johnson

4 Cara Hoelzl

3 Lauren Bishop

2 Breah McKay

B Melissa Patten



C Margaret McLenna 

S Nina Chism

3 Mary Anderson 

2 Katherine Ognovich

B Hannah Scholl



C Katherine Denney

S Rachel Williams 

3 Louisa McNaughton 

2 Emily Taylor 

B Amy Pasque 



C Destyne Cinnoca 

S Elena Sloan

7 Maya Martin 

6 Brooke Baldwin 

5 Katie Roberts

4 Amber Templin

3 Maia Cruse 

2 Sydney Stone

B Louise Kuehster