INDIANAPOLIS – The Gopher Rowing team finished sixth at the Big Ten Championships on Sunday at the Indianapolis Rowing Center in Eagle Creek Park, earning two podium finishes on the day.
Minnesota (R.V.) totaled 90 points, while No. 4 Ohio State successfully defended its Big Ten Championship finishing first in all eight races for a total of 192 points.
The novice teams began the day, and the Gophers first novice team of coxswain Abigail Pleiss, Melissa Wiebke, Natalie Lorca, Lindsay Eliasen, Saray Weyrauch, Whitney Holm, Emma Jo Elder, Victoria Hanson, and Christina McBride earned a podium finish as the runner-up just three seconds behind Ohio State at 6:58.90 after being seeded third on the day. The 2N8 team of cox Hailey Lothert, Annaliese King, Natalie Steiner, Cora Hougard, Stephanie Peller, Brooke Roberts, Rachele Biltoft, Megan Clark, and Kia Kivi finished fifth in the first race of the day, posting a time of 7:27.72 while first-place Ohio State finished at 7:06.8.
The Varsity 4s were next on the day. The 1v4 team of coxswain Anna Frazier, Lizsy Hieberl, Maggie Bostwick, Katie VanCamp, and Natalie Stratton gutted out a second-place finish, trailing the first-place Buckeyes by nine seconds but edging out third-place Michigan by two with a time of 7:22.19 after being seeded eighth entering competition.
“We’re excited about the two silver medals. That shows the hard work that everybody has put in this season,” said head coach Wendy Davis. “We are heading in the right direction. We’ve beaten teams that are going to go to the NCAAs. The Big Ten is a strong league, and we are a big part of it. We’re really excited about the team we have coming back as well.”
Minnesota’s 3v4 of cox Annie McNamara, Samantha Rollay, Taylor Gilbertson, Sophia Thuente, and Brooke Watland finished seventh with a time of 8:10.19. The 2v4 team of cox Gabrielle Tripps, Savannah Spahr, Allie Schmidt, Nicole Wenzel, and Maura Maguire held with its seed also finishing seventh with a time of 7:45.85.
The Gophers had 45 points entering into the all-important Varsity 8 races. The 2v8 crew of coxswain Elyse Terlion, Sarah Von der Goltz, Maura Dahl, Kat Hetico, Christina Anderson, Abby Rieser, Emily Appold, Darcy Jennings, and Sarah Reimann exceeded its seed with a sixth-place finish and a time of 6:39.23. Ohio State finished with a time of 6:26.64. The 1v8 closed it out with coxswain Anna Stockstad, Rylie Wargo, Bee Lovick, Kortney Luedloff, Addie Morris, Allison Sterneman, Lauren Miller., Lauren Burrows-Cheng, and Sara Nelson finished eighth with a time of 6:37.77. The Buckeyes finished their clean sweep with a time of 6:20.94 in the final race of the day.
A trio of Gopher seniors received All-Big Ten honors at the event. Kortney Luedloff was named First Team All-Big Ten for her efforts this season while Bee Lovick landed on the Second Team. Emily Appold received Minnesota’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
“They’ve been part of watching the program change become much more dynamic and competitive,” said Davis. “Bee came back from a tonsillectomy where it looked like she might not make the 1 varsity, but she ended up making it and being incredible. Kortney has been a great leader on the 1V for three years. They earned it.”
BTN will debut coverage of the Big Ten Rowing Championships next Sunday, May 20 at a 11 a.m.
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