IU Rowing Finishes Second at Dale England Cup
April 2, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana rowing team finished second overall to Michigan State in the Dale England Cup standings, despite challenging the Spartans through several races on Lake Lemon while battling strong wind gusts.
The Hoosiers ended up with 100 points after sweeping Boston University and Gonzaga University in a series of 2,000-meter pieces, before just narrowly missing Michigan State in the final session of the day. MSU won the Cup with 120 points, while Boston finished in third with 78 points and Gonzaga finished in fourth with 62 points.
"We thought we did a great job," said IU head coach Steve Peterson. "Obviously, we were happy that we were able to sweep Gonzaga and BU this weekend and take something away from each race to better the next one. Against Michigan State, I'm a little disappointed because we handled the conditions as well as we could have, but there are definitely things that we can take away from this. We were close to them. We were very competitive with them in the first and second Varsity 8's and yet there are still some things we can do that can take us farther."
After sweeping Gonzaga in day one of racing on Friday, the Hoosiers came out strong in the morning session on Saturday against Boston. IU's Novice 8 opened racing by beating the Terriers (7:21.1) by 18 seconds with a time of 7:03.0. In the Varsity 4 race, Indiana's first crew finished more than two second's ahead of Boston (7:25.7) in 7:23.1, with the its second finishing in 7:55.3. The Hoosiers' second Varsity 8 crew crossed the finish line three seconds in front of Boston (6:52.0) in 6:49.0, and the first Varsity 8 crew won with an eight second lead on the Terriers (6:45.1) in 6:37.1. The Hoosiers second Novice 8 finished second to Michigan State (7:10.0) in 7:41.2.
In the afternoon session with Indiana and Michigan State tied at 80 points each, the two teams battled head-to-head to claim the Dale England Cup. The Hoosiers held strong to the Spartans in each race. IU's Novice 8 crew finished just six seconds behind MSU (6:59.4) in 7:05.1 in the first afternoon race. Indiana's second Varsity 4 crew finished in 8:09.7, behind Michigan State in 7:46.2 and the first Varsity 4 clocked a time of 7:53.8, with Michigan State finishing in 7:32.5. In the second Varsity 8, the Hoosiers were 10 seconds off the Spartan (6:35.8) finishing in 6:45.8. In the first Varsity 8 race, Indiana and Michigan State battled until the end, but the Spartans beat out IU by four seconds with a time of 6:22.2. The Hoosiers finished in 6:26.3.
Indiana returns to action on Saturday, April 9, when it heads to Columbus for the Double Dual at Ohio State.
"This weekend puts us in a strong position heading into Double Duals," added Peterson. "Michigan State is the fastest in the Big Ten, so to be four seconds off the first Varsity 8 and battle in the second Varsity - that's not bad. Four seconds is not a bad margin, but this was not a perfect race for us and we're in striking distance of the one of the best in the conference, that's a top-10 program. To be a boat-length off of the No. 10 team in the country is nothing to complain about right now."
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