Women's Rowing

    No. 13 Rowing Set for B1G Championships

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!

    May 16, 2014

    Sunday, May 18 -- Big Ten Championships

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - No. 13 Indiana Rowing is set for the 2014 Big Ten Championships on Sunday, May 18 at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis. Racing gets underway at 9 am ET with a seven-lane finals-only regatta.

    Big Ten Seeding Announced
    The Hoosiers' success this season in the First Varsity 8 and Second Varsity 8 races has IU seeded third among a field that includes reigning National Champion and the currently No. 2 Ohio State, No. 9 Michigan, No. 15 Wisconsin and No. 20 Michigan State, in addition to Iowa (2 votes) and Minnesota. IU's First Varsity 4 and Novice 8 boats are seeded fifth, while the Second Varsity 4 crew is seeded seventh and the Third Varsity 4 crew is seeded sixth.

    "Seeding went well for us," said head coach Steve Peterson. "As a team overall, it's some of the best seeding we've had going into the Big Ten Championship. As we tell all the athletes, the one thing to remember is that seeding is just seeding. It's not going to get you the medal and so the whole big thing that we have to think about is racing and performing to the level where we've been seeded."

    A Look at the Regular Season
    Indiana has spent much of the spring slate in the top-20, entering the CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll at No. 20 on April 16 and climbing to and holding steady at No. 13. This season has marked a year of triumphs for the Hoosiers, opening the year with wins over then-No. 19 Louisville and Big Ten foe Iowa, while narrowly missing second-ranked Ohio State in the Big Ten Double Dual on April 12. The Hoosiers went on to knock off several top-20 opponents at the Clemson Invitational, including then-No. 12 Washington State, No. 13 UCLA, No. 14 Harvard, No. 15 Wisconsin, No. 18 Clemson and No. 18 Syracuse.



    Indiana ended the regular season with the sixth annual Dale England Cup, where the Hoosiers took second to then-No. 10 Notre Dame by just 14 points. IU's First Varsity 4 crew earned Big Ten Boat of the Week after upsetting the Fighting Irish, and beating Alabama and Rhode Island during the regatta.

    "The Varsity 8, Second Varsity 8 and Varsity 4 have really done a fantastic job this year," Peterson said. "The 1V8 from day one went out to set a new standard for Indiana and I think they've really done that. They've grown as a crew, they've gotten faster through the course of the season and each time they've faced a ranked crew, they've done better and better. So I'm really excited to see what we can do this weekend. The Second Varsity 8 has really stepped up. I think they started a little bit slower at the beginning of the year. During the Clemson race, they got a lot faster and they are finishing strong. We go out in practice every day and the 2V8 is challenging the 1V8 in every workout we do. The Varsity 4 is sort of the sleeper of the group and I feel like has really found its speed in the last couple weeks. Sweeping all three visitors at the Dale England Cup was just proof that they are ready to go. To have all of those crews, as well as our Novice and the other 4's, peeking at the right time is exactly what coaches try and plan for."

    Two Hoosiers Selected to USRowing National Team Camps
    Junior Mera Dickensheets and sophomore Madison Treser have been selected to participate in USRowing National Team camps this summer. Dickensheets is one of 19 athletes invited to attend the Women's Under 23 National Team Selection Camp. From this group, the U.S. U23 National Team Eight and Quadruple Sculls crews will be selected. She is just the second rower in program history to be invited to the U23 Selection Camp. Two-time All-American Laura Lazaridis participated in 2006.

    "Mera has a really good shot at making the World Championship team this summer and it would just be amazing given the fact that three years ago before she got to IU she had never rowed. It's just a tribute to the work and effort that she's put in this year," Peterson said.

    Treser is one of 16 athletes invited to the 2014 Women's Pre-Elite National Team Camp. This camp is focused towards developing younger athletes with National Team potential.

    "Madison was part of the US Freshman ID Camp last year and has just been developing great, similar to Mera," Peterson said. "They keep improving every time we do a workout and this Pre-Elite Camp is the next step for her in giving her a chance to continue rowing after Indiana."

    Big Ten Championships Schedule of Events
    9 a.m. - Second Novice Eights
    9:20 a.m. - First Novice Eights
    9:40 a.m. - Third Varsity Fours
    10 a.m. - Second Varsity Fours
    10:20 a.m. - First Varsity Fours
    10:40 a.m. - Second Varsity Eights
    11 a.m. - First Varsity Eights
    Noon - Awards Presentation
    All Times Eastern

    Probable Line-Ups (subject to change)
    1V8 - Karly Kikkert, Alice Wright, Meradith Dickensheets, Madison Treser, Grace Mendel, Lindsey Barber, Olivia Gugliemotto, Alexandra Eaton
    2V8 - Nora Happ, Danielle Rassi, Alessia Uhle, Spencer Manton, Hanna Henry, Kaitlyn Palmer, Aly Schmit, Caroline Comey, Kim Gilmour
    1V4 - Kelsey Cundiff, Katie Dreessen, Macey Elser, Grace Barbara, Emma Miller
    2V4 - Megan Duffy, Rebecca Brougher, Chelsea Ernest, Monica Funk, Devory Dannemiller
    3V4 - Taylor Ruden, Sarah Elser, Emily Austin, Sheila Kulik, Lauren Munley
    1N8 - Alexandria Hunt, Kaelin Blessinger, Emily Barber, Katie Engel, Stephanie Volkmar, Cynthia Stanton, Nicole Paulides, Carly Lovett, Carly Barton


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