March 28, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana Rowing team opened the regular season on Saturday, March 28 with four 2,000-meter pieces against Buffalo and Eastern Michigan at Lake Lemon.
"I am very happy with the performances of the whole team," said IU head coach Steve Peterson. "For our first race of the season, I think the individual crews did a good job of executing their race plans well."
The Hoosiers competed in four races, with IU's Novice 8, Varsity 8 and Second Varsity 8 crews leading the way. The Novice 8 opened the morning's competition with a time of 7:26.0. Buffalo followed the Hoosiers in 7:30.2 and IU's second Novice crew finished third with a time of 7:35.8.
Buffalo finished in 8:07.2 to take the Varsity 4 race, with its second crew following in 8:12.8. IU's Varsity 4 recorded a time of 8:32.0. In the Second Varsity 8 piece, Indiana posted a time of 7:10.8, with Eastern Michigan following in 8:06.9.
The morning's competition ended with the Hoosiers' Varsity 8 finishing 7:05.7, with Buffalo following in second at 7:11.0 and Eastern Michigan rounding out race in 7:26.6.
"For the varsity eight specifically, the goal was to establish a solid race pace and we did a pretty good job of that," said Peterson. "We still have some work to do on the start and sprint, but given the amount of time we have focused on those aspects of our race, the athletes did a good job of executing them."
The Hoosiers continue this weekend's action tomorrow, Sunday, March 29, when they travel to Indianapolis to Eagle Creek Park and face off against Purdue and No. 20 Notre Dame, the first of eight ranked opponents IU will race in the regular season.
"Tomorrow's regatta against No. 20 Notre Dame and Purdue should be another good test for our crews, and we hope to carry the momentum from today into tomorrow's races," Peterson added.
Racing at Eagle Creek is slated to begin at 9 a.m. ET.