Minnesota will face the host Hawkeyes and Louisville during the event.
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.
Seven boats will compete Sunday on Rock River.
2011-12 Freshman Season: Competed with the First Novice Eight throughout the season ... Rowed at the San Diego Crew Classic (3/31-4/1) ... Defeated Indiana at the Big Ten Double Dual (4/7) ... Defeated San Diego, Clemson, Penn State and Michigan State at the Virginia Invitational (4/14-15) ... Raced against Wisconsin in the Home Dual vs. the Badgers (4/29) ... placed fifth at the Big Ten Championships (5/13).
Q&A with the Novices
GopherSports.com talked with the newest Minnesota rowers after their first competition.
Gophers Sweep at Head of the Mississippi
The Gophers were victorious in their season opener Saturday at the Head of the Mississippi.
Rowing Opens Season at Head of the Mississippi
The University of Minnesota rowing team opens its 2016-17 campaign this Saturday on its home course, taking part in the Head of the Mississippi.