Women's Rowing

    Hoosiers Take Fifth at Cal-Sag Collegiate Regatta

    Go Hoosiers! Ashley Johnson was part of the first varsity boat that finished fifth.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Ashley Johnson was part of the first varsity boat that finished fifth.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 4, 2007

    BLUE ISLAND, Ill. - The Indiana women's rowing team took part in their final regatta of the Fall season, traveling to Blue Island, Ill. For the Cal-Sag Collegiate Regatta and came away with a fifth place finish by the first varsity in the head race during the morning session.

    The boat, consisting of Madison Spruell (cox), Molly Sinks (stroke), Mary Kate Murphy, Ashley Johnson, Jamie Spoto, Kiri Crane, Emily Kasavana, Sarah Tinsley and Katie Liston crossed the line with a time of 16:07.1, just four seconds behind Michigan.

    "I am really excited about the finish," Indiana head coach Steve Peterson said. " This is one of the best finishes Indiana has ever had in a Fall event. To beat Notre Dame, who was an NCAA crew last year, is tremendous for us."

    "I think we definitely raced a very good race," coxswain Madison Spruell said. "Our goal was to come in fourth, so we just missed it. I would say we were happy with our outcome but not satisfied. I think we will use this finish going into the winter training and want to knock off those four seconds when the time comes in the Spring."



    The second varsity eight finished 19th in a time of 17:01.1.

    "We had technical changes that we needed to make," Cassady Bethel-Thompson, a member of the second varsity, said, "and I think we made them. We had a decent heat and will take this and use it as we move in the Spring season."

    In the afternoon, the Hoosiers returned to the water for a 2K race, something that the team has not concentrated on in practice so far this season.

    "We have not practiced racing starts in practice this year," Peterson said, "so the boats that had more veterans in them had the advantage in the afternoon. Most teams have not practiced those starts, so if you have some veterans to rely on, that certainly helps."

    The first varsity finished the "B" final in 7:02.819, four seconds behind Notre Dame, while the second varsity finished with a time of 7:27.252 in the "E" final.

    "Our goal in the 2K was to make it to the last final, but we came up short," Peterson said. "But regardless of that, we will take nothing but positives from the races this weekend. We couldn't have asked for more from them, they rowed aggressively. We have a lot of work for the Spring, but it shows that the work we have been doing is paying off."

    The team will finish Fall practices on Nov. 17th with an alumni race on Lake Lemon.


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