The University of Minnesota faced tough competition as the Golden Gophers fell to No. 4 Yale in the First Varsity Eight, but won in the Second Varsity Eight and the First Varsity Four events. The Gophers are currently ranked 10th in the First Varsity Eight poll.
Minnesota clocked a time of 6:57.36, but Yale pulled ahead of the Gophers in the sprint and chipped in a winning time of 6:52.35. In Minnesota's First Varsity Eight was Megan Flannery as the coxswain, Laura Jatautaite at stroke, Cheryl Wick, Jenny Barnes, Sally Olson, Vilma Stragyte, Erika Bartkute, Berit Tomten and Jenna Buskohl at bow.
The Gophers, however, rebounded for a win in the Second Varsity Eight competition. The Gopher boat of Kaja Tally, Mary Ann Weinzierl, Christine O'Donnell, Maggie Armstrong, Catherine Casey, Ashley Vilmo, Sarah Graham, Heidi Bechtel and Katie Johnson at bow won the event by five seconds in 7:01.77. Yale finished second in 7:06.13, while Dartmouth placed third (7:14.72) and Boston University in fourth (7:27.41).
The Gophers finished with a winning time of 7:58.76 in the First Varsity Four. Minnesota's winning boat contained coxswain Erica Niemiec, Lauren Van Proosdy at stroke, Becky Brzozowski, Rachel Hotkowski and Emily Baxter.
"I am very pleased with our performance," head coach Wendy Davis said. "Yale is ranked high in the polls and we kept with them until the sprints. We finished ahead of Dartmouth who has a couple of kids in their 1V8 that are on the Under-23 team so it's great that we were able to compete with those teams. We keep improving every week and it's really nice to see our entire team do so well."
Minnesota will host Iowa and Wisconsin at Lake Phalen on April 14. The event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.