March 30, 2012
The University of Minnesota novice rowers will be back in action this weekend when they make the long trip to San Diego, Calif., to compete in the 39th renewal of the San Diego Crew Classic on Mission Bay. The event will get underway at 9:30 a.m. CT, while the Gophers will take to the water for the first time beginning at 1:20 p.m.
Fans can watch a live stream of the event at www.crewclassic.org/video and can also follow live updates on the Gophers' twitter feed @Gopher_Rowing.
The First Novice Eight of coxswain Danica Rog, Haylee Davis, Samantha Otterson, Anna Swanson, Kathleen Charley, Mary Prior, Kalee Kemmesat, Silvia Coleman and Shannon Boardway will open things up for the Maroon and Gold in Heat A of the Women's Collegiate Novice event, racing against UC Irvine, Oklahoma, Sacramento State, Stanford, San Diego and Orange Coast College.
Meanwhile, the Second Novice eight made up of coxswain Paige Burgeson, Amy VanHeel, Amanda Lueck, Sarah Schulte, Ashley Finck, Aleah Laughlin, Eleanor Ludkey and Caitlyn Slawny will take on USC, San Diego State, California, Clemson, Texas B and UCLA in Heat C of the Women's Collegiate Novice event.
Also competing in the event in Heat B will be Kansas State, UC Davis, St. Mary's, Washington State, Oregon State, Washington and Texas.
The top two finishers in each heat will advance to the Grand Final of the San Diego Crew Classic Sunday morning, while the third and fourth place finishers in each heat will compete in the Petite Final Saturday afternoon.
Catching Up with Coach Davis
GopherSports.com had the chance to catch up with head rowing coach Wendy Davis to recap the weekend and preview the upcoming season.
Gophers Featured in Star Tribune Column
Patrick Reusse spent time with the Gopher rowing team last week during a morning practice.
Gophers Compete in Boston
Competing among 33 boats in the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta, the Minnesota rowing team finished 16th on Sunday afternoon.