Women's Rowing

    Hoosiers Set for NCAA Championships

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    May 28, 2014

    UP NEXT: NCAA Championships -- May 30-June 1, Indianapolis, Ind. (Eagle Creek Park)

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana Rowing team is set to compete in the program's first NCAA Championships on May 30-June 1 at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis. Racing gets underway for the Hoosiers on Friday, May 30 with the First Varsity 8 at 9:40 a.m. ET, followed by Second Varsity 8 10:10 a.m. and the Varsity 4 at 11 a.m.

    The Hoosiers will take on UMass, Brown, Washington, Harvard and Boston in the First Varsity 8 heat, Northeastern, Ohio State, Cal, Harvard and Jacksonville in the Second Varsity 8 heat and Boston, Washington State, Stanford, Washington and UMass in the Varsity 4. Racing continues on Friday afternoon with a possible Repechage starting at 3:50 p.m. Saturday is slated to get underway at 8:30 a.m., while Sunday's schedule is set to also begin at 8:30 a.m. For a complete event schedule, click here. 

    Indiana Probable Line-Ups - NCAA Championships
    First Varsity 8: Coxswain - Karly Kikkert, 8 - Alice Wright, 7 - Meradith Dickensheets, 6 - Madison Treser, 5 - Alexandra Morrison, 4 - Grace Mendel, 3 - Lindsey Barber, 2 - Olivia Gugliemotto, Bow - Alexandra Eaton

    Second Varsity 8: Coxswain - Nora Happ, 8 - Danielle Rassi, 7 - Alessia Uhle, 6 - Spencer Manton, 5 - Hanna Henry, 4 - Kaitlyn Palmer, 3 - Aly Schmit, 2 - Caroline Comey, Bow - Kim Gilmour

    Varsity 4: Coxswain - Kelsey Cundiff, 4 - Emma Miller, 3 - Macey Elser, 2 - Emily Barber, Bow - Grace Barbara

    Quoting the Hoosiers
    Steve Peterson, Head Coach
    On heading to the NCAA Championships for the first time in program history:
    "It's huge. We're one of the best programs in the country. That's why I came here 11 years ago. We have great resources, great facilities, great support from the administration. So it really was only a matter of time. Every year we've gotten faster. The athletes have gotten better. And I think this year, with some of the athletes being so young, they just think `why not us'. So when they sat down next to some of these other crews, they weren't as afraid of them as maybe crews were in the past. We've come a long way and I'm just excited about what we're going to be able to do this weekend."

    On the majority of team being freshmen and sophomores:
    "It's huge. The first time you do anything, there are all these unknowns. We don't know how fast we are - we have all these schools like Brown and Washington who we haven't raced before, so those unknowns are always a little bit scary for the athletes. Once we get this under our belt and a little bit more comfortable with the situation, moving forward next year and the year after for these guys should be easier."

    Sophomore Rower Olivia Gugliemotto - First Varsity 8
    On the team keeping mentally focused heading into the NCAA Championships:
    "I really think we're a happy team and we stay calm mostly just by being together. We've been doing different boat activities and team activities this week - just trying not to overanalyze it. It's just another race so it's just staying in our own boats and staying focused on ourselves and making sure we're not letting the other competition psych us out."

    Sophomore Coxswain Nora Happ - Second Varsity 8
    On being familiar with competing at Eagle Creek Park:
    "I think, especially with it being our first year, it's hugely beneficial that NCAA's are in Indy. It's just a short drive for us and it's a course that we're used to so it's a little bit less of a culture shock."

    Senior Rower Macey Elser - Varsity 4
    On how she has progressed over her four years at Indiana and the growth of the program:
    "I think it's a huge step. I feel like I've grown so much as a person and this team clearly has grown so much through my four years and I'm so excited to see where they go during the upcoming years. This is great step forward for the program has a whole."

    Peterson, Hoosiers Earn Postseason Honors
    Head coach Steve Peterson was named the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Central Region Coach of the Year, announced by the association on Tuesday, May 27.

    In his 11th year as the head coach of the Hoosiers, Peterson led Indiana to a top-15 ranking, its best Big Ten Championships finish and its first bid to the NCAA Championships in program history.

    Junior rower Meradith Dickensheets and freshman rower Alice Wright were named CRCA Central First Team All-Region, and freshman rower Alexandra Eaton was named a second team honoree. The CRCA All-Region awards recognize the outstanding performances of rowers and coxswains from each of the five regions, organized into first and second-team selections. Nominated student-athletes are evaluated on the strength of their team's regional finish, coaches' recommendations and 2,000-meter erg score. Nominees must be eligible student-athletes who have competed in their teams' varsity boat in 75 percent of races this season. These athletes will be eligible for All-America awards selection following the NCAA Rowing Championships.

    The Hoosiers also earned CRCA Scholar-Athlete honors. Junior rower Lindsey Barber, junior coxswain Kelsey Cundiff, senior rower Kim Gilmour and senior rower Grace Mendel were named Scholar-Athletes for IU. To earn Scholar-Athlete honors, a student-athlete has met all eligibility rules as defined by her institution, is in her second, third or fourth year of eligibility, rowed in her institution's NCAA or IRA eligible boat(s) for a minimum of 75 percent of the current spring races or racing in a regional conference event, and has had a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher for her career (through the fall semester/quarter for the current competition year).

    Parking Information
    Parking for spectators and volunteers is located at the Mary and John Geisse Soccer Complex located at 5425 Reed Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254. This is directly east of the 56th Street Entrance to Eagle Creek Park.

    Cost for parking is $10 PER CAR/DAY and includes the following:

    • Complimentary shuttle to and from spectator viewing area for everyone in the vehicle.

    • Park entry fee

    • In & out privileges

    Three-day parking passes are also available for $25 (savings of $5). Three-day passes will be available on site but are CASH ONLY. Shuttles will begin 90 minutes prior to start of competition each day. Tailgating is permitted in the parking lot only. Tents will not be allowed in the spectator viewing area.

    Contact: Shana Daniels




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