2009-10 Junior Season: Letterwinner ... member of the Gophers' First Varsity Eight at the South/Central Sprints (5/16) ... helped the 1V8 to a Petite Final appearance at the Big Ten Championships (5/1) ... member of the Gophers' 1V8 that earned a dual win over Kansas (4/24) and was later named the Big Ten Boat of the Week ... stroked the 1V8 at the Lake Natoma Invite (4/18) ... competed with the 1V8 at the Double Duals against Iowa and Louisville (4/10) ... raced with the 1V8 at the Tennessee dual (3/20) ... raced with the 2V8 at the Head of the Iowa (10/25) ... also raced in a Varsity Four boat at the Head of the Iowa ... helped the 1V8 win the Women's Collegiate 8+ at the Head of the Mississippi (10/4).
2008-09 Sophomore Season: Letterwinner ... competed in the Women's College Eight event at the Head of the Mississippi (10/5) ... raced with the Minnesota C Varsity Eight at the Southland Regatta (11/2) ... raced with the Varsity Fours during the spring season ... sat in the three seat to help the 1V4 win over Tennessee (3/20) ... member of the 1V4 that defeated Indiana at Double Duals (4/11) ... competed with the 1V4 at the Lake Natoma Invite (4/19) ... sat three seat in the 1V4 win over Kansas (4/25) ... sat two seat during the Gophers' Grand Final, third-place finish at the Big Ten Championships (5/2) ... competed with the 1V4 at the South/Central Sprints (5/17) and helped the boat to a third-place finish in the Grand Final ... raced in the first regional competition of her career.
2007-08 Freshman Season: Started her Gopher career in the novice dual racing against Wisconsin (10/21) ... competed in the Minnesota D Varsity Eight boat at the Cal-Sag Regatta (11/4) ... held the No. 5 seat in the 1N8 win over Tennessee (3/22) ... competed with the 1N8 in the double dual against Michigan and Michigan State (4/19) ... helped the 1N8 defeat Kansas (4/25) ... raced with the 1N8 in the Grand Final at the Big Ten Championships (5/3).
Personal: Born December 7, 1988 ... majoring in environmental science, policy and management ... daughter of Dan and Mary Merth ... a 2007 graduate of Mahtomedii High School ... standout athlete for MHS, earning nine letters in swimming (5), nordic skiing (3) and softball ... swimming all-state honorable mention in 2006 and 2007 ... all-conference honoree from 2004-2007 ... team's most valuable swimmer, team captain and most dedicated ... also an all-conference member in nordic skiing ... also earned letters in band, National Honor Society and academics.
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.