IU Rowing Scrimmages Ohio State, Michigan State and Notre Dame
Nov. 12, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Indiana rowing participated in a fall scrimmage on Ohio State's Griggs Reservoir, racing the Buckeyes, Michigan State and Notre Dame. Since it was a scrimmage, the crews competed in five, four-minute pieces of a controlled rate at 32 strokes per minute.
The temperature for the day was around 50 degrees which is good for racing, and although there were some fairly strong winds, the crews were able to find sheltered parts on the water to race which allowed the water to stay flat a calm. All in all the conditions were good for racing.
Although no official results were taken, the host Buckeyes, who finished the year ranked No. 8 in the country, took first place in all five of the Varsity 8 pieces, while the other three crews, Indiana, Michigan State, who finished last year ranked No. 10 in the country, and Notre Dame, ranked No. 21 at the end of last year, all traded places for the five pieces.
"I was extremely happy with the results of the Varsity 8," head coach Steve Peterson said. "We really wanted to follow up on the good results we had at the Princeton Chase with a solid performance here and I feel we did that. The goal was to attack each and every piece and they really did that. The crew really dropped the hammer on the first piece and went after it. It was really fun to watch. To finish a close second to a very fast Ohio St crew on that first piece was a great way to start the workout."
Michigan State took second over IU in the next piece and the Spartan and Hoosier crews battled back and forth on the remaining two pieces.
"In the end, we finished in either second or third place for all of the pieces, and we definitely finished the workout knowing we have things to improve upon," added Peterson. "Obviously this was just a fall scrimmage and a lot can change between now and the Big Ten Championships in the spring, but our fall results show that we have some speed. Now the key is to carry this momentum and enthusiasm into winter training and build upon it. If we do that - it is going to be a really fun spring racing season for this crew."
On the novice side of things, coach Megan Mitchell's novice crews were the class of the field winning all four of the top Novice 8 pieces.
"The crew did a great job," said Mitchell. "We had some athletes who were not able to make the trip, but the last minute lineup changes didn't faze the crew."
Much like their varsity counterparts, the novice wanted to race aggressively, and they did just that. From the start of the first piece to the end of the last, the Hoosiers controlled each of the pieces.
Peterson echoed Mitchell's assessment of the novice results.
"We have some really good athletes on the novice team, and Coach Mitchell has done a great job developing them in a short period of time," Peterson said. "I am really excited about what the future holds for these athletes and what they are going to bring to our rowing program."
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