May 15, 2016
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Indianapolis — The University of Iowa rowing team went head-to-head against seven rival schools Sunday in the 2016 Big Ten Rowing Championship, finishing fifth in the team championship with 95 points, the second highest championship total in program history. It is the highest championship finish by the Hawkeyes since 2009.
Ohio State won the championship, finishing first for the fourth year in a row.
“Overall it went pretty well. I thought that the crews raced very well,” said third-year head coach Andrew Carter. “We came up a little bit short in a few events but I they really raced well. A combined total of 0.6 seconds separated our 1V8+ from a critical fourth and our 1N8+ from the medals.”
With the racing schedule altered due to high winds Saturday, the finals took place early Sunday morning with winds calming to a slight crossbreeze.
Racing started out with the 1V8+ boat. The crew of Nina Hendriks, Zoe Ribar, Ashley Duda, Kaelynn Heiberg, Izzy Dobla, Cristy Hartman, Hannah Hawks, Beth Baustian, and coxswain Katie Brown helped to lead the Hawkeyes to a fifth place finish, just 0.569 seconds away from fourth place finisher Indiana.
The 2V8+ showed much of the same effort, pushing to another fifth place finish. The Hawkeyes were edged out of fourth by Michigan by 7.57 seconds.
“I think both of our varsity eights did a very nice job,” said Carter. “The first varsity eight was around 0.5 seconds away from Indiana, a crew that has certainly had their number and done some pretty amazing things over the last two to three years, so I thought that was a pretty good race. Our second varsity outraced their seed, beating Minnesota for the first time in the last three attempts.”
Both the 1V4+ and 2V4+ finished sixth while the 3V4+ raced to a fourth place finish.
In novice racing, Iowa raced to two consecutive fourth place results.
The 1N8+ finished fourth, missing the medal podium by a mere 0.128 seconds. In an incredibly tight finish, it was Minnesota who arrived ahead of the Hawks with overall team champion Ohio State crossing in fifth position. The 2N8+ finished the action with the Hawkeyes final fourth place result, just three seconds from the medals.
The Hawkeyes await their NCAA Championships fate. The field will be announced on ncaa.com on May 17 at 4 p.m. (CT). Fans can watch a tape delay of the 2016 Big Ten Championships on May 21 at 7 p.m.