April 17, 2016
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GOLD RIVER, California — A runner-up result in the 1V4+ highlighted day two of Lake Natoma Invitational action for the University of Iowa women’s rowing team Sunday. Facing top crews in No. 12 Wisconsin, No. 15 Gonzaga, and No. 18 Notre Dame, the Hawkeyes also recorded fourth place finishes in competitive 1V8+ and 2V8+ events.
The weather was sunny and warm with little to no wind. Temperatures were in the mid 70’s throughout the regatta
“I have to give the nod to all three crews today. They each rowed very hard and I think they executed well,” said third-year head coach Andrew Carter. “They learned throughout the weekend of racing and they were able to apply those lessons to each successive round. Each crew deserves a lot of credit for that. What’s important now is to keep that rate of improvement over the next few weeks.”
The Hawkeyes opened the final day of racing at the Lake Natoma Invitational with a runner-up finish in the 1V4+.
“The 1V4+ started the slate with a good effort to finish in front of both Notre Dame and Gonzaga,” said Carter “Wisconsin was still ahead of us, but I think it made a nice statement.”
Iowa finished runner-up, just 11.97 seconds behind Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes bested Gonzaga by 2.63 seconds and Notre Dame by 11.02 seconds. The crew consisted of Baillie McCunn, Victoria Bricker, Jessica Streur, Bianca DiBellonia, and coxswain Faith Wieland.
The 2V8+ race was a fast, close race. With about 150 meters left, Iowa was sitting in third and moving in on second place Notre Dame when the boat struck a goose, which unfortunately slowed down its speed tremendously.
Wisconsin came in first in the event. Iowa placed fourth, just 5.75 seconds behind the Badgers and 1.62 seconds behind runner-up Notre Dame.
Iowa’s 2V8+ fell in the second race of the day after the 1V4+ recorded it’s runner-up finish. In the 1V8+, the Hawkeyes hung closer to both Notre Dame and California Berkeley but ultimately fell in the end.
Iowa’s 1V8+ fell in the final race of the day in a tough field, which included Notre Dame, runner-up Gonzaga, and leader Wisconsin.
The Hawkeyes are back on the road again next weekend, traveling to Devil’s Lake, Wisconsin, to compete in the Big Ten/Big 12 Double Dual against Kansas and Oklahoma on April 23.
1V8+: Nina Hendriks, Zoe Ribar, Ashley Duda, Kaelynn Heiberg, Izzy Dolba, Cristy Hartman, Hannah Hawks, Beth Baustian, Katie Brown (coxswain)
2V8+: Rebecca Thompson, Gemma Kerr, Morgan Grastorf, Dani Bender, Claire Benschoter, Kat Tillman, Sarah Powell, Madeline Anglin, Georgia Sanderson (coxswain)
1V4+: Baillie McCunn, Victoria Bricker, Jessica Streur, Bianca DiBellonia, Faith Wieland (coxswain)
2V4+: Ameilia Koehn, Trisha Huerta, Lauren Subler, Ashlyn Bauer, Ellen Cranberg (coxswain)