Gophers Win Four Races At Double Duals The Gophers won four races at the Double Duals in Columbus, Ohio.
The University of Minnesota rowing team competed at the Big Ten Double Duals, today in Columbus, Ohio. The Golden Gophers competed against Brown, Indiana and Notre Dame. Also competing in the event was host institution Ohio State, who also faced Brown, Indiana and Notre Dame.
Minnesota’s First Varsity Eight, ranked No. 18 in the polls, earned a win over Indiana in a time of 6:36.09. The Gopher boat of Lisa Pugh, Katherine Johnson, Ashlee Vilmo, Stephanie Bakkum, Lucy Mulvey, Jenna Schuder, Sarah Graham, Cassie Drozynski and coxswain Erica Niemiec earned a six-second win over the Hoosiers when they crossed the line in 6:42.20. In the afternoon session, the Gophers finished less than four seconds behind No. 8 Brown and ahead of Notre Dame. Brown finished the race in a time of 6:22.00, followed by Minnesota in second (6:25.91) and Notre Dame in third (6:27.33).
“Our race against Brown and Notre Dame was such an exciting race,” assistant coach Wendy Wisehart said. “Heading into the first 1,000 meters, we were down, but coming into the third 500, we really started to make our move. I think we did a good job of pressing them. The 1V was really relaxed and stayed composed and finished the race strong. With only seven hours of water time since Tennessee, we were impressed with our outcome.“ Head coach Wendy Davis sustained an injury earlier in the week, and did not travel to Double Duals. Assistant coaches Wisehart and John Flynn, along with graduate assistant Becca Carlton assisted the varsity program.
The Gophers’ Second Varsity Eight competed against Indiana in the morning session and Brown and Notre Dame in the afternoon session. Coxswain Ilana Ostrin, Emily Baxter, Rebekah Brzozowski, Allison Fisher, Tina Cho, Krsytal Arbery, Debbie Brzozowski, Sarah Krueger and Molly Kalmoe at bow fell to Indiana 6:38.98 to 6:43.00. The Gophers then finished third in the race between Brown and Notre Dame. Brown won the event in 6:32.20, followed by the Fighting Irish in second (6:36.78) and Minnesota in third (6:50.73).Unfortunately for the Gophers, the coxswain's microphone and box went out in the first 500 meters of the race and had to finish the race without the coswain's guidance.
The Gophers’ First Varsity Four split their competition, winning in the morning session and finishing second in the afternoon. The boat of Michele Peterson, Tracy Merth, Kate Ladell, Christine Cira at bow and coxswain Monika Folker defeated the Hoosiers by 36 seconds in the morning session. Minnesota clocked a time of 7:29.98 to Indiana’s finish time of 8:06.42. Brown won the afternoon 1V4 race in 7:12.40 to Minnesota’s time of 7:19.82, while Notre Dame finished third in 7:25.07. Minnesota’s Second Varsity Four defeated Ohio State’s Second Varsity Four C boat in the morning session. The boat of Erin Desmond at stroke, Teresa Logemann, Alyssa Kast and Megan Lenarz won their race over the Buckeyes in a time of 7:37.00 to 7:52.00. In the afternoon session, the Gophers switched up rowers and had Michelle Murphy compete at bow. Brown won the race in 7:20.6, while Minnesota was second (7:28.22) and Notre Dame in third (7:41.21). The Gophers also earned a win over the Hoosiers in First Novice Eight action. The Gophers’ boat of coxswain Stephanie Shodis, Quinn Anderson at stroke, Erika Berg, Madeline Bourgeois, Allison Fast, Emma Porter, Courtney Podritz, Grace Lorig and Kristin Anderson at bow won the race in 6:59.60 to Hoosiers’ time of 7:04.82. In the afternoon session, the Gophers changed coxswains (Sara Baldvins) and their No. 6 seat (Caitlin Boon). The Fighting Irish clocked a time of 6:53.80 to Minnesota’s 7:05.95 for the win.
Minnesota also traveled a Second Novice Eight boat. In the morning session, Minnesota’s boat of Baldvins, Laura salzman, Lindsey Partridge, Madeline Etrheim, Hannah Okray, Boon, Leah Rogotzke, Tasha Randall and Victoria Lund earned a time of 7:15.59 to finish second against Indiana. Like the 1N8, the Gophers switched up seats and coxswains in the afternoon session. Minnesota’s afternoon boat consisted of coxswain Shodis, Salzman, Partridge, Bourgeois, Okray, Yasmin Khan, Rogotzke, Etrheim and Lund. Minnesota chipped in a time of 7:05.95, but Notre Dame won the event in 6:53.80 for the win.
Minnesota travels for the second straight week as the Gophers will compete at the Sacramento Classic in Sacramento, Calif., April 18-19. Minnesota’s first and only home competition is set for April 25th when Kansas comes to town. Time has yet to be determined.
9:00 - 2N8 Indiana: 7:09.07 Minnesota: 7:15.59
Minnesota: 6:59.60 Indiana: 7:04.82
9:40 - 2V4 Minnesota: 7:37.00 Ohio State "C": 7:52.00 (Note: Indiana did not participate, so Ohio State submitted their C boat)
Temperature at Griggs Reservoir at 9:00 a.m. - 40 degrees Tailwind of 15-17 mph
Big Ten Points Won at Double Duals Minnesota, 39 points over Indiana, 28 2N8 (1) in loss over Indiana (2) 1N8 (4) in win over Indiana (2) 2V4 (4) in win over Ohio State 1V4 (6) in win over Indiana (3) 2V8 (6) in loss against Indiana (12) 1V8 (18) in win over Indiana (9)