Oct. 14, 2012
ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Indiana rowing team opened the fall slate at a weather-shortened Head of the Rock on Sunday, Oct. 14 on the Rock River in Rockford, Ill. IU was able to get in times for the Varsity 4 and Novice 8 on the 2.75-mile course, before the Varsity 8 races were cancelled due to inclement weather.
The Hoosiers two Novice 8 crews finished fifth in 18:59.125 and seventh in 19:04.531 in a field of 18 crews, beating top-10 finishers Wisconsin (19:14.407, 19:26.125) and Iowa (20:15.032).
Indiana's three Varsity 4 crews finished 14th in 19:50.397, 16th with a time of 20:03.1 and 17th in 20:03.156 in a field of 33, beating a number of crews including top-20 finishers from Louisville (19:52.301, 20:32.790, 21:08.063) and the University of Chicago (20:17.672).
"We basically did not race well, just that simple," said head coach Steve Peterson. "We needed to be more aggressive and we didn't do it. The weather was awful, but everyone had to deal with the same challenging conditions. I am just glad this is so early in the year and we have plenty of time to work on things. We are stronger and more fit than last year, so if we develop as better racers mentality we should be in good shape. But the next two weeks of practice before our next race will definitely reveal the type of character the athletes have and how they respond to adversity."
The Hoosiers return to action on Sunday, Oct. 28 when they compete in the Princeton Chase in Princeton, N.J.