Hoosiers Scrimmage Louisville in Fall Opener
Sept. 21, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana rowing team opened the fall season with a scrimmage against Louisville on Saturday, Sept. 21, on Lake Lemon in Bloomington. Conditions for Saturday's scrimmage were a little challenging as winds were around 10-12 mph with a slight chop on the water.
Indiana's varsity crews took on the Cardinals in a series of controlled rate pieces between 5 and 8 minutes in length, racing in eights and fours. Louisville swept the day, taking first in all pieces.
"Obviously I am disappointed we weren't able to win some of the pieces but this was a great learning experience for our crews," said Indiana head coach Steve Peterson. "Louisville came in with a lot of experience and it showed. They were returning all but three of their athletes from the top eights, while more than half of the rowers in our top eights are new to our varsity program. That experience revealed itself in a more aggressive stroke. They were simply much more comfortable going after it and attacking each piece. We have a lot of young, raw talent on this team, which is exciting but it also means we are going to have days like this. The key is how do we respond to these results, and we need to make sure they learn and grow from this experience so we are faster when we take on Iowa in a few weeks. Today we got out pulled. It is as simple as that. The key is now not to let that ever happen again."
The Hoosiers will travel to Iowa City for a scrimmage against Big Ten foe Iowa on Saturday, Oct. 12.
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