Oct. 30, 2011
The University of Minnesota women's rowing team wrapped up its fall season at the Head of the Iowa in impressive fashion Sunday afternoon in Iowa City, Iowa. The Golden Gophers' boats posted six top-five finishes at the event, which included a second-place showing in the varsity 8+ event by the squad's A boat.
"We finished where I expected us to be," head coach Wendy Davis said following the regatta. "The things we've been working on this fall came together nicely under the pressure of competition, and it's been a couple of years, frankly, since I've seen it at this regatta. We are a young squad. Just one rower from our 1v was in the 1v last fall, so it's fun to see everyone developing nicely."
Minnesota finished second, sixth and 11th in the varsity eight race against teams from Wisconsin, Iowa, Drake, Creighton and Colorado to open the day. The A boat of coxswain Sara Baldvins, Katrina Pichelli, Katie Anderson, Kayla Thom, Becky Kinchen, Katherine Windsor, Ali Haws, Rachel Sartor and Christine Beauparlant earned a second-place finish with a time of 14:11.173, following just behind Wisconsin who won the event in 13:47.202.
The Gophers' B boat of coxswain Rachael Rogers, Melissa Drezdzon, Maddy Bourgeois, Lynn Hodnett, Ellen Hughs, Tabitha Andelin, Rebecca Braak, Sarah Sobek and Nicolette Marquardt added a sixth-place showing by clocking in at 13:44.636, while the C boat led by coxswain Jacqueline Stein finished the event in 15:06.838 to finish in 11th place.
In the varsity 4+ event, Minnesota had two boats finish in the top five, while all four boats posted top-15 finishes.
Led by Rogers as its coxswain, the B boat of Bourgeois, Andelin, Marquardt and Kinchin recorded Minnesota's best finish of the day in the event with a third-place outing, crossing the finish in 15:40.246, while the A boat, coxed by Baldvins, followed directly behind in a time of 15:48.102 to finish in fourth. The Gophers' C boat posted an eighth place finish (16:14.391), while the D boat finished in 11th place (16:53.180).
The two novice 4+ squads finished 3-4 in the final event of the morning session. Under the direction of coxswain Erica Wheeler, Haylee Davis, Allie Cummiland, Silvia Coleman, Kathleen Charley crossed in 17:31.432 to place third in the B boat, and the A boat followed in a time of 17:44.719 for a fourth-place finish.
"We've been dialed in on some major teaching aspects with our long-term goals in mind," novice coach Andy Foltz said. "We've been focused on the fours the last few weeks, so it was great to see those boats excel on 1/4 feather, which, for novices, is always difficult."
In the last event of the day, the Golden Gophers' novice 8+ boats finished eighth, 10th and 12th, with the A boat of coxswain Paige Burgeson, Shannon Boardway, Haylee Davis, Allie Cummiland, Kathleen Charley, Mary Prior, Samantha Otterson, Anna Swanson and Eleanor Ludkey posted the top finish for Minnesota with a time of 16:14.555.