Horns win third-straight Big 12 championship


Corey Leamon

Texas rowers get ready to hit the water at practice, carrying their boat to the water. The rowers put the practice to good use on Sunday when they won their third straight Big 12 title.

Will Anderson

Winning the Big 12 tournament has become commonplace for Texas, which picked up its third-straight conference crown over the weekend, but the meet is still an important test for the Longhorns as they gear up for the rest of the postseason.

No. 15 Texas earned 111 points over the weekend, besting Oklahoma, Kansas and Kansas State. The Longhorns won all five of their races, including a 10-second victory in the first varsity eight, clocking in at 6 minutes, 47.7 seconds compared to second-place Oklahoma’s 6:57.9.

Texas has now won all of the Big 12 rowing conference tournaments, which began in 2009. This year, however, the team is hoping to carry that momentum further into the NCAA tournament. That starts in two weeks at the Conference USA Championship, which begins May 14.

Texas rows as part of Conference USA because the Big 12 only fields four teams. The two-step conference finals will prepare the Longhorns for the national tournament, set to begin May 27. The team hasn’t been to the NCAAs since 2009.