Five of the Gophers' six boats won by open water.
Minnesota's varsity eight A boat finished secondin the main event.
The varsity 8+ will open the competition at 10:00 a.m.
The pair won their race in a time of 21:17.05.
Seven boats will compete Sunday on Rock River.
2014-15 • Senior Season: Academic All-Big Ten 2014-15...paced Second Varsity Two and First Varsity Eight at Head of the Rock (10/12)...Defeated Boston College, Georgetown, and Notre Dame with First Varsity Eight at Head of the Charles (10/19)...placed first with Second Varsity Eight at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invite (3/15)...also competed with the Second Varsity Eight boat the Oregon State Classic (4/4), the Rutgers Double Dual (4/11), and the Clemson Invite (4/18 &19)...finished the season with the First Varsity Eight boat at the Devil's Lake Challenge (5/2) and the Big 10 Championship (5/16 & 17) where the team placed fifth overall.
2013-14 • Junior Season: ... Academic All-Big Ten ... paced the Second Varsity Eight to victories over West Virginia, Dayton and Alabama at the Oak Ridge Invite (3/15-16) ... placed first against Dartmouth and Rutgers in the 2V8 at the Boston Challenge (4/5-6) ... also placed second ahead of Boston University ... competed against Michigan and Michigan State in the 2V8 at the Big Ten Double Dual (4/12) ... placed second behind Wisconsin with the 2V8 in the lone home dual of the year on Lake Phalen (5/4) ... finished fifth at the 2014 Big Ten Championships in the 2V8 (5/18)
2012-13 • Sophomore Season: Member of the second varsity eight...raced at the Oklahoma Invite against Oklahoma, Kansas, Kansas State and Tulsa (3/9-3/10)... defeated Tennessee in a non-conference road dual (3/24)... competed at the Clemson Invite (4/21)... raced at Wisconsin in a Big Ten dual (5/5)... competed at Big Ten Championships (5/19).
2011-12 • Freshman Season: Member of the second varsity eight...defeated Kansas, Buffalo and Duke, and competed against Notre Dame and Virginia at the Oak Ridge Invitational (3/17-18)...defeated Indiana at the Big Ten Double Dual (4/7)...competed in the Virginia Invitational (4/14-15)...rowed at the home dual vs. Wisconsin (4/29)...placed fifth at the Big Ten Championships (5/13).
World Rowing U-23 Championships begin Wednesday
Anna Cruse and Team USA will compete at next week's 2017 World Rowing Under-23 Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria as entries were finalized this week.
Cruse is first Gopher to join U-23 National Team
2017 Minnesota grand and former Gopher rower Anna Cruse qualified for the World Championships in Bulgaria on Thursday
Gophers Place Seventh at Big Tens
Anna Greene and Rylie Wargo earned All-Big Ten recognition while the Gophers earned a pair of top-five finishes.