Oct. 7, 2012
The University of Minnesota rowing team swept its competition Sunday at the Head of the Mississippi, placing first in each of the four events in which it participated.
In the event finale, the Minnesota A boat of coxswain Emilie Sabourin, Katherine Windsor, Cassie Drozynski, Ali Haws, Rachel Sartor, Lynn Hodnett, Kayla Thom, Tabitha Andelin and Ellen Hughes placed first to lead a one-two-three finish for Minnesota.
The Minnesota C boat of coxswain Rachael Rogers, Jaime Friscia, Chelsea Miller, Elisabeth Bott, Katherine Moran, Rosina Drury, Mary Prior, Haylee Davis and Amy VanHeel finished in second place and were followed in third by the Minnesota B boat made up of coxswain Taylor Gainey, Nicolette Marquardt, Katie Anderson, Rebecca Braak, Sarah Sobek, Alexandria Voss, Anna Swanson, Jen Kohl and Erica Revering.
The Gophers had another 1-2-3 finish in the Collegiate 4+ event, with the Minnesota A boat of Sabourin, Windsor, Miller, Bott and Marquardt claiming the victory. Minnesota B placed second and was followed by Minnesota C, Drake A and Minnesota D.
In the Open Women 2-, the duo of Drozynski and Haws was the top finisher. In second place was the pair of Hughes and Hodnett, while Sartor and Andelin finished in third place. Thom and Anderson completed the Minnesota sweep in the event with a fourth-place finish.
Racing in their first collegiate event, the Minnesota A boat of coxswain Kelly Kazmerski, Kjerstin Meyer, Brianna Boileau, Madison Koch, Kelly Koier, Jessica Flakne, Mari Sundbo, Alexis Schermer, Kersten Schwanz placed first in the Collegiate Novice 8+ event to start of the morning and set the pace for the rest of the Golden Gopher squad.
Minnesota's varsity squad returns to action Oct. 14 at the Head of the Rock in Rockford, Ill.
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.