March 9, 2013
The University of Minnesota women's rowing team completed the first day of the Oklahoma Invite with nine victories against teams from Kansas State, Kansas and host Oklahoma Saturday on the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Battling a very strong crosswind going right to left across the course, the Golden Gophers won five of their seven events against the Wildcats and the Jayhawks in the morning session, which included a nearly 15-second victory over Kansas State in the First Varsity Eight. Minnesota finished in 7:41.88, while the Wildcats crossed in 7:41.88.
In the Second Varsity Four, the Gophers finished in 8:34.00 to defeat Kansas State, while the First Varsity Four posted an almost 27-second victory over the Wildcats with a time of 8:19.06.
Another near 20-second win followed for Minnesota in the Second Varsity Eight, with the Maroon and Gold finishing in 7:24.0 and Kansas State following in 7:43.84. The Second Novice Eight defeated Kansas with a time of 7:56.08 to finish the morning session.
Due to inclement weather, the afternoon session of the Oklahoma Invite was delayed by over an hour, but, Minnesota's Second Novice Eight and First Novice Eight kicked-off the second half of the day with back-to-back victories against host Oklahoma with times of 7:33.38 and 7:16.52, respectively.
The Second Varsity Eight and First Varsity Eight closed out Day One of the OU Invite with two more victories for Minnesota. The Second Varsity Eight finished with a time of 6:56.84 ahead of the Sooners' 7:00.99, while the Gophers' First Varsity Eight posted a time of 6:49.44, which was nearly three seconds ahead of Oklahoma's time of 6:52.26.
Minnesota will conclude action at the Oklahoma Invite Sunday morning against Tulsa. The first race is set to begin at 9:00 a.m.
World Rowing U-23 Championships begin Wednesday
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