A condensed bullet point history of Texas Longhorn rowing follows. Please go to the "credit" section of this website to view books you can purchase and links you can visit to learn more about Longhorn Sports history.   


Carolyn Brand "Carie" Graves  1998-2013


  • 2003 First appearance in NCAA Championship

  • 2009-2012- Big 12 Champs

  • 2011 Conference USA Champion

  • 4 out of 11 years nationally ranked

  • She has Coach a team member to a CRCA members 9-11 years

  • Two time inductee into the National Rowing Foundation Hall of fame

  • A gold and bronze medalist in the Olympics.

  • First Woman inducted into the Univ. of Wisconsin Women's Hall of Fame.

  • At Texas- two NCAA Championships appearances, four Big 12 titles, and one C-USA crown.

I am still trying to add photos and content to many names listed below.  This site is a work in process.


Jill Husak and Kate Ronkainen are National Scholar-Athletes



2000-2001 Coach Graves




Laura Corbett is  National Scholar Athletes of the year




2002 Coach Graves

This team holds the record for the most victories (43)

Ranked in the top 20 nationally  for the first time (#17) 

Kate Ronkainen makes the National team.

2003 First trip to the NCAA nationals for the Longhorns


Traveled to Britain to compete

Julie Keedy and Joy Nix are National Scholar-Athletes


2004 Coach Graves

Ruth  Stiver  and Julie Kennedy are the first Texas All Americans recognized by CRCA.



The U.S. Rowing team names former Longhorn Ruth Stiver to its roster for the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Stiver, a first-time National Team member, was Texas' first-ever Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). She was a walk on in 2000.  




Julie Keedy makes the Academic Team MVP

Team wins an at Large birth to the NCAA championships (12th place finish)




Top of the charts 2004






2005 Coach Graves

Won at Large birth to the NCAA championships

Karen Glazcbrook is Academic MVP (no picture) 

Pam Painter is team MVP (no picture)



2006 Coach Graves

Karen Man makes the Academic Team MVP




In 2006 MacIntosh was named to the 2006 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) All-South Region First Team and was honored as a CRCA National Scholar-Athlete. It marked the first career All-Region accolades for MacIntosh and the sixth consecutive year a Longhorn is honored by the CRCA


2007 Coach Graves

Team Wins the Big 12 Invitational

Danielle Bartz makes the Academic Team MVP

Rowed for Texas from (2005-08) with the latter three seasons on UT's first and second varsity eight boats.

She is selected to the 2008 ESPN Magazines Academic All-District women's at-large team and is tabbed as a 2008 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Scholar-Athlete. 


Q&A with Danielle Bartz

Junior Danielle Bartz has not only been faced with intense physical competition on the water this semester, but challenging academic competition as well. After interviewing against eight other candidates for the Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship, the Woodvillle, Texas native was one of three students awarded the scholarship that will allow her to go anywhere in the world for postgraduate work and service projects. Recently Bartz stopped by to speak about her prestigious scholarship and her hopes for the future.

How did you hear about the scholarship? My rotary club in Woodville called me about it a couple months ago. They explained that they knew about a scholarship that comes up every year and they thought it would be a good fit with what I am studying. I am working on a double major in government and Spanish and a minor in French and my club said they felt as if I was at the right time in my academic career, being that the scholarship is for 2008-09. That will be the year after I graduate, and the organization who gives out this scholarship likes to send students who have completed their undergrad degree.

How did you first get involved with your rotary club? Rotary is an international organization that prides itself on its motto of "service above self" and is dedicated to community service. One of the current members in my town created a high school club called Interact that does community service projects along with the rotary club. I was one of the charter members of my high school club and my senior year I served as vice president. We took part in different activities around town, including dinners, fundraising and yard cleanup for people who were older and might not be able to work around the house.

Tell us about the scholarship application process. First you submit an application to your rotary club and they choose one applicant to send to the district interview. I had to do this terribly long and complicated application that took about a week to fill out. My application was even more difficult because if you wanted to apply for a country with a native language that isn't English you had to write your essay in that language to prove your language efficiency. I wrote my essays in Spanish and French. Everyone that applied had an outstanding GPA and they all were really involved in their school, so I wanted to use my languages to standout.

How would you describe the interview? I had to give a five-minute introduction about myself, where I go to school, what I'm studying and how the scholarship would benefit me in my future career and studies. Then a panel of 12 judges sat with me and randomly asked me questions. The panel was comprised of deans from Stephen F. Austin University, Sam Houston State and Lamar University. They asked very vague questions to see how I'd answer; they want to know that you can handle yourself with people you don't know. One of the harder questions they asked me was how I'd handle the anti-American sentiment in Europe. After I explained in a really complicated way using all these nice big vocabulary words they turned around and asked me to explain my answer in Spanish. I was immediately kicking myself for trying to sound really intelligent because in Spanish my explanation would be really simple. I quickly covered myself by saying 'If you want it in French, I can do that too, but I'm going to need a sheet of paper and a pencil.' They also asked a lot about rowing, how I got into it and the effect it has had on my life.

So what does this scholarship provide you with? The total is $27,000, which should help cover school, room and board, food, etc.

You have been to Spain before during a summer abroad program. So why did you decide to go back? I wanted to go to a place that was new to me, but also a place where I could use both of my languages. I wanted to be exposed to both Spanish and French on a regular basis. This is why I chose the northern part of Spain that shares a border with France, so I can make appearances at rotary clubs in both countries. I've learned it's not enough to take language classes; you simply have to live in the element. It helps to be surrounded by the culture, and be in uncomfortable positions where you are forced to use the language.

What do you hope to accomplish during your time in Spain? I really want to master both of my languages. I hope to have the chance to use French more. I love people and learning about different cultures so I will be happy doing any projects with the local rotary club. I'm a ballroom dancing teaching assistant now, so I really want to learn Spanish dancing and teach American dancing while I'm over there. It would also be cool if I could get involved with the government and possibly set the foundation for me going to law school and possibly pursuing a diplomatic career.

Will you be wearing any of your Texas gear over there? Oh yeah, we're going to be burnt orange in the north of Spain. I was in Santander, Spain for six weeks during the summer and in a city of about 300,000 there was a Texas-Ex who came and found my group so he could say hi. There is also a Texas Exes center in Madrid -- Longhorns are going places, apparently places all over the world -- so I don't think I will have a problem getting in touch with the Texas Exes in Madrid. It should be exciting.







 Luise Fleishhauer is the team MVP (not picture)


2008- pending pending info


Jennifer Vandermaarel  2nd team All American

2007-09 voted Most Competive & MVP


Rowontario Athlete of the year and C-USA Rowing Athlete of the Year. 

Jacquileine Goryca received region honors.



2009- Coach Graves - rowers win 5th Big 12 Championship

Big 12 Champions






2010 pending info

Big 12 Champions

2010 Rowing  (3).jpg


Sydney Boyes is New Comer of the Year

Coach Graves is National Coach of the Year. 




2011 pending content


May 19, 2011

Longhorns Get the Hook in NCAA 2011 Selection

The NCAA rowing selection committee decided that No. 16 ranked Texas was not worthy of a bid to attend the national championships despite having defeated two of the teams that were selected (Wisconsin, Clemson), and having won two straight conference titles (Big 12, Conference USA) over the past three weeks, with their only loss of the year coming to Michigan State (invited). The fact is, Texas should have been a shoo-in to make NCAAs this year.

In accordance with Bylaw 31.3, the following criteria will be used in selecting teams and individual boats:

• Eligibility and availability of student-athletes.
• End of Season championship results.
• Regional ranking.
• Late-season performance (defined as competition taking place within the three weekends prior to the selection date for the NCAA Championships).
• Head-to-head results.
• Results versus team [sic] already selected.
• Results versus common opponents.
• Results versus regionally ranked teams in own region.
• Results versus regionally ranked teams out of region.

Texas did everything right, and the selection committee would have done well to reward the Longhorns for making every effort to play by the rules in hopes of gaining an invite this season.

Big 12 Champions









Katie Sayre,  Tea Vrtlar , Jesssica Glennie (no photo)  are Academic Medal Winners. 




2012- Pending

 Laurel McCaig is Big 12 Rower of the Year

Laurel McCaig

  • 2013 Academic All-Big 12 (Second Team)

  • 2012 All-Big 12 (First Team)

  • 2012 CRCA All-South Region (Second Team)

  • 2012 Academic All-Big 12 (Second Team)

  • Member of Big 12 Commissioner[apos]s Honor Roll (Fall 2012)

  • 2011 CRCA All-South Region (First Team)





  • Chelsea Burns makes the C-USA All Academic Team in 2011, 2012, 2013

  • 2013 CRCA National Scholar-Athlete

  • 2013 C-USA Rowing All-Academic Team

  • 2013 Big 12 Conference Dr. Gerald Lage Award recipient

  • 2013 Academic All-Big 12 (First Team)

  • 2012 All-Big 12 (Second Team)

  • 2012 C-USA All-Academic Team

  • 2012 Academic All-Big 12 (First Team)

  • Member of Big 12 Commissioner[apos]s Honor Roll (Fall 2012)



The  2013 Squad Is Coach Graves last

Carie Graves, Founder and Coach of Texas Rowing, Says Goodbye to UT

By Chris O'Connell in Special, Sports on May 30, 2014 at 10:48 am |


Last week, Coach Carie Graves retired as the Texas rowing coach after 16 years. Graves is the first rowing coach at UT and she paves the way for rowing at UT. Before she arrives Texas does not have a NCAA program, or even a boathouse. Graves wins two Olympic medals: bronze in 1976 and gold in 1984, and the ’84 eights team was the first U.S. female team to win the gold. Graves spoke with the Alcalde from Indianapolis, where she is attending her final NCAA meeting, about her time at UT and the future of women’s rowing in America.

What’s the most difficult part about rowing?

Putting blades in the water and rowing as fast and hard as you can at full press. It’s very demanding as an athlete. As a coach, it’s getting young women to experience that pain. It’s hard, and if it’s not hard you’re not doing it right, and you’re certainly not going to win. Rowing and cross-country skiing are the two hardest Olympic sports. Studies on cross-country skiers and rowers show that they are the two sets of athletes that have highest VO2 max. It burns but it’s also a challenge for athletes to see if they can push harder than they thought they could they have to.

How did you get into coaching?

My rowing experience was at a big state university [the University of Wisconsin], and even though I had a successful coaching career at Harvard, I was just 24 years old—just a few years older than some of the seniors. It was very challenging at first. I was there for 6 years, and I resigned because I wanted to train for my last Olympic team.

What inspired you to start the rowing program at UT?

[I had been coaching at Northeastern] for 10 years when I heard about the Texas job and I decided it was a great opportunity. [It was] a big state university that had a great number of young women with the potential to be good athletes who had never rowed before. That was my experience. My father and brother had rowed, but there wasn’t an opportunity for me as young woman until Title IX. I liked the idea of having a big student body and a lot of walk-ons. We of course recruit now, but I wanted that. I was happy in Boston and at Northeastern, but I wanted to be in an environment like the one I was in when I started rowing.

Coach Graves in Olympics

Coach Graves in Olympics


What are some benchmarks of the program during your tenure that you are proud of?

It really was a benchmark to get a boathouse. Also in our 4th year to get to NCAAs, then we went again the next year … and haven’t been back since.

Talk about your legacy in the sport. 

I’m always so busy that one doesn’t think about things like that. It’s not like I’m saying, “Oh hey, I’m the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic gold medal in rowing, what do you think about that?” Coaching is day-by-day. Rowing is a really hard sport, it’s really demanding, I don’t think a lot of us growing up in this position really thought much about what we did. We did what we had to do in order to get better as athletes and coaches. We’re always asking, “What can I do? What will make this work?”

How do you envision the future of the UT rowing program?

I know UT will hire someone who is very, very good. They have the know-how to do that. They’re gonna be here at the NCAAs—this is my last hurrah—we’re gonna have someone here talking to people, looking around, and that’s exactly what they need to be doing because these are the top coaches in country, here. They are sending someone out to research it—to take a good measure of what it is that Texas needs to do to keep up in the Big 12 and to make inroads on the national level.

Do you have any advice for the next coach?

Best wishes, and I would be available to answer questions if they had any. The hardest part now is the paperwork. The paperwork is extraordinary—there’s a lot of it, and more every year. It’s easy to get lost in the amount of work. It’s not just at UT, this is across the country—state universities have to [have paperwork]. But I would counsel them to put that second and really focus on student athletes.

Rowing seems to be a very northeastern, Ivy League sport traditionally. What advice would you give to a young woman in Texas looking to get into rowing?

It’s really easy now. There’s that British, old feel with rowing, but Title IX has opened it up. There are 20 full scholarships on all Division 1 teams, more than any other women’s sport. That’s exceptional—roughly 400 scholarships every year for young women to have college paid for. This country will be unbeatable in rowing in the Olympics. The feeder system in this country is huge. It’s really, really exciting. We won the gold medal in the last two Olympics, and that’s remarkable. My guess is at least half of Olympic eights did not row in high school; they rowed in college. If you’re tall, strong, and have an athletic background you can go to so many colleges and walk on to the rowing team. We’ve had women walk on at UT and become great. The world is your oyster. If you’re tall and ambitious and a fighter, you can do whatever you want. Good genetics also help.

What’s next for you?

I’m certainly retired from coaching. When I was younger it was easier—I’m not that old but it is pretty much 24/7. Any coach can tell you that. It’s being there for midnight phone calls, and when you go home, that’s when you think about lineups and where everyone is going to be in the boat. I can’t imagine being at a job that I’m not immersed in. I own a house in Wisconsin, where I’m from. I’ve always wanted to write. I’m interested in rowing machines. I’m going to start doing some training to help other people, maybe do some classes for the baby boomer population. I’d like to just go out and do something.

2014 to Present - Coach Dave O'Neill 


At Cal Coach O'Neill won two NCAA championships and 12 NCAA top four finishes. 

The article for Rowing was written by by Ed Moran, | Jul 24, 2014


He was already signed up to coach the United States under 23 women’s sweep team at the 2014 World Under 23 Championships July 23-27 in Varese, Italy. And then he had his normal job of recruiting and preparing for another season as the women’s head rowing coach at the University of California.

But when a big opportunity came his way, he made his summer even busier by accepting the position as the new head women’s rowing coach at the University of Texas, taking over for three-time Olympian Carrie Graves, who led Texas women’s rowing for 16 seasons.

So now, along with traveling to Italy, coaching an eight, a four and a pair at a world championships, O’Neill added in a move from California to Texas for himself and his family and has taken on a whole new challenge of trying to vault Texas to the top of NCAA women’s rowing.

“It’s certainly a busy summer for me,” O’Neill said, while getting equipment and athletes sorted out for the trip to the world championships. “People keep asking, ‘Why would I leave Cal?’ I was certainly very happy at Cal. We had some great success, and I was working with wonderful athletes and terrific people.

“But I guess I was thinking, is this my job and my life forever?”

So when the news broke that Graves had announced she was leaving, O’Neill let it be known that he would be interested. And it wasn’t long before Texas let O’Neill know that they were interested in him as well.

Graves, who won a gold medal in the 1984 Olympic Games in the eight, built the Texas program from scratch and led her squads to four Big 12 titles and two trips to the NCAA Championships.

This spring Graves decided it was time to retire. "I wanted to start a rowing program at a big university, and it was fun to take this on," Graves said at the time.

“I wanted to make a difference and see if we could make something here at Texas because I knew UT had a big student body. Starting a program here reminded me of my own experience as a collegiate rower. It was a lot of fun and a lot of hard work, but it was gratifying for all of us. I feel a little young going into retirement,” she said. “But I'm ready to do other things."

Apparently, so is the Texas athletic department.

When they brought in O’Neill for an interview, they told him they wanted his experience and leadership and they wanted the program to excel. And to O’Neill, who had led Cal to two NCAA team titles and four NCAA individual event titles in 16 seasons, it was too enticing to pass on.

“Cal finished second or third for seven years in a row, and I really felt I had taken the program as far as I was going to be able to take it,” he said.

According to O’Neill, Texas athletic director Chris Plonsky told him the university wanted to take the rowing program to a new level.

Texas is investing time and assets is in taking rowing to the Next Level

“They made it clear. They said, ‘We want to be really good at this sport and we are prepared to do what we have to do to get there.’ For a rowing coach, when we’re always fighting and scraping to get things, to hear we want to be really good and we have to invest in the program, that’s awesome.

“Maybe sometimes, you just want something different,” O’Neill said. “Yes, it’s the same job at a different place, but when I think of the potential of the Texas program and having the backing and support of a big-time athletic department like Texas, I think the potential of doing something really amazing is there.”



Most people expected the Longhorns to evolve into a competitor over the coming seasons, with the arrival of one of the best coaches in the country, Dave O'Neill, from California just prior to the 2014-2015 campaign. But the Longhorns were ahead of schedule. O'Neill and his staff took a crew that had never been invited to the NCAA Championships before, and not only performed brilliantly, but also made the final in the varsity eight. Looking forward, the message is clear: Don't mess with Texas. Congrats, Longhorns!


  • Jessica Glennie 2014 Rhodes Scholarship recipient

  • Recipient of the Big 12's 2014 Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award

  • 2014 Academic All-Big 12 First Team

  • 2013 CRCA National Scholar-Athlete

  • 2013 Academic All-Big 12 First Team

  • 2012 Academic All-Big 12 First Team

  • C-USA All Acedemic Team in 2012 and 2013.








2015  8th at the NCAA National meet


  Texas Rowing's Dave O'Neill on Coaching, Culture, and Development

Thanks very much to Dave O'Neill for taking the time to connect! You can follow the Longhorns on Instagram and Twitter, and catch up on the Best Rowing Drills series by clicking the links.

Longhorns launching in San Diego

Since coach Dave O'Neill arrived in Austin in 2015, he has led Texas to its first-ever NCAA Championships appearance , and, most recently, the Longhorns came within roughly one second of sweeping San Diego Crew Classic, winning the novice eight, second varsity eight, and varsity eight events, only to fall just short in the varsity four.

Here, we catch up with Dave on his approach to coaching, changing team culture, and program development.

Coach O’Neill sees himself as the CEO of a multi-million dollar organization—who gets a scholarship; who doesn't get a scholarship; what's the schedule going to look like; what's our uniform going to look like; who's going to be on staff; what does the equipment look like. It's not just technique and training, it's also marketing and branding. It's about building the culture, but in many respects we're building the brand with what we're doing here. So, it's not just the technique and the training, and using sport science—it's also about how we are going to represent and market ourselves, and build a culture and brand around Texas Rowing. And those are real discussions that we have with our staff—about what direction we should go, and what image we want to project.

Asked about issues of funding and structure of Texas rowing Dave said “Sometimes, there's a cultural thing that you have to get right, and that doesn't cost any money.” There are some kids who say hey, I can't do this, I need to focus on this, that, or the other. And I have to say, okay, well, I'm sorry, but there are other kids who are able to be All-Americans, Olympians, or Olympic medalists, and still go on to medical school, and be really good. So, if you're saying you're not that person, okay. But it is possible to do everything. So part of it is getting people to understand that it's about being the best person you can be.

Dave O’Neill has a great point when he says that “rowing can change the world” He says in rowing the participant must establish person goals collaborate , expect delayed gratification, deal with failure, deal with pain, and compromise. All of those things are needed in a team environment in the pursuit of being really good.


 2015   rowing #9 in the nation

The Longhorns are coming off a historically good season, but that was just the first go around for still-pretty-new head coach Dave O'Neill.

RoRy for Breakthrough Performance of the Year:
University of Texas at Austin



2016 Olympiad 

Since taking over Texas, he has already recorded the best-ever performance for the Longhorns program (fourth place overall as a team in 2017), and the program appears poised for more of the same this spring.