Alabama Rowing medaled in three out of five races to finish in third place at the Big 12 Championships, finishing only behind Tennessee and No. 2 Texas.
This is the fourth year in a row that the Crimson Tide have finished in the top three.
“We are really proud of all the hard work this team has done this season,” Alabama Head Coach Glenn Putyrae said. “We trust that every crew did the best they could, and they are proud of their results.”
The Tide took home the silver in the Second Varsity 4+ with a time of 7:24.3 and the First Varsity Eight+ with a time of 6:29.8 while also taking the bronze in the Second Varsity Eight+ with a time of 6:36.97.
Alabama would also finish in fifth place in the Third Varsity 8+ and fourth place in the First Varsity Four+ with times of 6:58.6 and 7:29.0 respectively.
The Crimson Tide would finish with a final team score of 73 points.
The 73-point finish was only three points behind second-place finisher Tennessee but 25 points ahead of fourth-place finisher Oklahoma.
Texas would take the gold in every race finishing with 98 total points.
“We’ve closed the gap to Texas in some of the events, but we still have a long way to go to get to where we need to be,” Putyrae said.
The third-place finish was not the only big news to come out this weekend. Graduate Student Gianna Rucki, Senior Blythe Markel, Junior Ella Kemma and Freshman Ashley Sizelove earned All-Big 12 accolades.
All four athletes are on Alabama’s First Varsity Eight+ crew.
The Tide will now have to wait until Tuesday to learn who will qualify to race at the NCAA Championships.
The NCAA Division I Rowing Selection Show will be streamed live at 5:30 p.m. CST on NCAA.com.
The NCAA Championship will take place in Camden, New Jersey on May 26-28.