IU Rowing Boasts Successful Outing at B1G Double Dual
April 12, 2014
Site: Solon, Iowa (Lake MacBride)
SOLON, Iowa - The Indiana Rowing team competed in a weather-shortened Big Ten Double Dual against No. 2 Ohio State, host Iowa and guest No. 19 Louisville on Saturday, April 12, on Lake MacBride in Solon, Iowa.
Due to poor weather conditions, today's racing was abbreviated to single races for the First Varsity 8, Second Varsity 8, First Varsity 4, Second Varsity 4 and Novice 8. Despite the 10-15 mph winds, the water was relatively calm and had only minimal chop making for a good day to race, however the wind increased as the morning went on, making conditions impossible to compete as racing completed.
"I am very happy with how our student-athletes responded to the extra challenges they faced this weekend," said head coach Steve Peterson. "Conditions were tough to row in and the change in the racing schedule was different than what we had prepared for. But the crews took everything in stride and focused on what their job was - to row fast. By keeping their focus on what was in their control and on what they needed to do, they were able to race well."
The Hoosiers' 1V8 crew narrowly missed the second-ranked Buckeyes (6:33.7) by five seconds with a time of 6:38.6. IU finished seven seconds ahead of Louisville (6:45.4) and 16 seconds ahead of Iowa (6:54.0). Indiana's 2V8 also narrowly missed Ohio State, finishing in 6:49.7 - just seven seconds behind the Buckeyes (6:42.4). The Hoosiers finished ahead of Louisville (6:58.0) and Iowa (6:59.0).
"I am very excited about the results of the Varsity 8 and Second Varsity 8 crews," Petrson said. "Both came in with the focus of beating Iowa and No. 19 Louisville - two very good crews - and they did that. Because of the schedule change, we also got the chance to face No. 2 Ohio State, and to finish less than five seconds off in the 1V8 and less than seven in the 2V8 is a great result. It puts both those crews right into the mix with the other top crews in the Big Ten and nationally."
In the 1V4, Indiana clocked a time of 7:36.7, just behind Louisville (7:34.2) to take third. Ohio State took first in 7:28.8 and Iowa finished fourth in 7:41.4. The Hoosiers clocked a time of 8:24.7 in the 2V4, with Ohio State finishing first in 7:55.2, and Louisville (8:05.9) and Iowa (8:09.2) rounding out the top three. In a tightly contested Novice 8 race, Indiana took third with a time of 7:16.2, just behind Ohio State (7:13.0) and Louisville (7:14.5).
"I am very excited about how the whole team raced today," Peterson added. "We still have areas where we can get faster, which is very exciting. But the bottom line is these results are the direct result of the work the whole team put in over the whole course of the year. They have been committed to putting in the time and effort to reach their goals, and they have pushed and supported each other throughout the good times and bad. Those things together are going to produce some pretty good results and that is what we are seeing each week. They are simply doing what they have done all year long and having fun doing it. I couldn't ask for a better group of student-athletes than we have on this team right now."
The Hoosiers return to action on April 19-20, when they compete in the Clemson Invitational on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, SC.
Race Results/Times/Indiana Crews
Second Varsity 8
First Varsity 4
Second Varsity 4
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