IU Rowing Wins Group on Final Day of Lake Natoma Invite
April 15, 2012
GOLD RIVER, Calif. - The Indiana rowing team won its group on the final day of the Lake Natoma Invitational in Gold River, Calif., after recording 17 points, ahead of Tulsa (11 pts.) and Sacramento State (8 pts.).
"Overall, it was a great trip," said head coach Steve Peterson. "We had mixed results and I think it kind of proves that we are lacking a little bit in depth. The results yesterday, we faced three very fast crews. Cal and Texas in the afternoon, Wisconsin and Brown in the morning - it really challenged us in the big way. Looking at the times, I think we did a pretty good job. In each race with all three crews, they sat down, did a nice job of reevaluating to improve upon their races. We really went after it with the varsity races both days. In the top Varsity race, at one point we were dead even with Cal. So we put together 1000 meters with one of the fastest crews in the country."
The final day of racing opened with the Varsity 4 race where the Hoosiers (Cox Megan Duffy, Sarah Berline, Jen Schultz, Kaleigh Carter, Claire Robinson) finished just five seconds behind Tulsa (7:42.5) in 7:47.6, while beating Sacramento State (7:52.1) by nearly five seconds.
Indiana then dominated both Varsity 8 races. In the Second Varsity 8, IU's crew (Cox Karly Kikkert, Annie Thompson, Kelly Bainbridge, Kim Gilmour, Ally Morrison, Megan Fitzpatrick, Rachel Griffin, Nikki Nicely, Ellen Miller) by nearly nine seconds with a time of 6:57.1, ahead of Sacrament State (7:05.8) and Tulsa (7:09.4).
In the First Varsity 8 race, the Hoosiers (Cox Alex Burkle, Grace Mendel, Cara Donley, Elles Niessen, Asja Zero, Shifumi Terasaka, Madi Shields, Katie Laine, Jackie Riedel) finished in 6:39.3 to beat Tulsa (6:50.3) by 11 seconds and Sacramento State (6:54.0) by 14 seconds to seal the group win.
"This morning, we changed it up a little with our approach," added Peterson. "If you look at the times, the First Varsity 8 was faster than Stanford (6:40.3) and we were right there with Wisconsin (6:39.0) in their respective races. It really does show that we can row with the best in the county. It was very productive."
Sunday Group Standings:
Second Varsity 8
First Varsity 8
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