The Oklahoma rowing team won its first Conference USA championship to secure the program's first NCAA Championship berth. The Sooners, in their fifth season as a varsity program, won three races and finished second in the other two events for a total of 63 points, ahead of Tennessee's 57 and Texas' 56 on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
The Sooners won conference titles in the second varsity eight, varsity four and open four with runner-up finishes in the varsity eight and novice eight.
OU's Leeanne Crain was named the Conference USA Coach of the Year, while senior captain Nikki Furmanek earned Rower of the Year honors for the second straight season. Freshman Taylor Gillespie was named the Newcomer of the Year. Furmanek and fellow seniors Meghan Farrell, Ashley LaFollette and Rebecca Staff were named to the Conference USA All-Conference Team.
The NCAA meet is May 31-June 2 in Indianapolis.
OSU GOLF TEAM SECURES NCAA BERTH
The Oklahoma State men's golf team had a 292 closing score on Saturday at the NCAA Fayetteville Regional at Blessings Golf Club to secure the 66th NCAA Championship berth in the 67-year history of the program.
The Cowboys posted a 4-over third round to finish fourth and grab one of the regional's five qualifying spots. The Cowboys finished at 882, 18-over, and two shots behind Texas for third. Illinois claimed the regional title at 863, while Arkansas was second at 866. Kent State grabbed the fifth spot at 892.
OSU junior Kevin Dougherty tied for fifth place at 216, and freshman Jordan Niebrugge tying for 10th at 219.