Hawkeyes Finish Day Two at Big Ten Invitational

SARASOTA, FL – The University of Iowa rowing team competed in the second day of the Big Ten Invitational on Saturday morning at Nathan Benderson Park. The field consisted of No. 19 Alabama, No. 6 Brown, UCLA, UCF, No. 2 Duke, No. 20 Indiana, RV Iowa, No. 13 Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, No. 11 Ohio State, Rutgers, No. 15 SMU, Stanford, No. 18 Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

The Saturday session consisted of 1V4, 2V4, 3V4, 1V8, 2V8, 3V8, and 4V8.

Top placements of the morning came in the 1V8 and 1V4 squads. In the Varsity Eight, the Hawkeyes downed No. 18 Tennessee by seven seconds to finish in first. Varsity Four came in first place, finishing a whole three seconds ahead of their second-place finisher, UCF.

Iowa had the most first and second place finishes with seven, which was the best from teams within in the Big Ten Conference. Michigan State had a pair of first place finishes and Wisconsin zero.

The rest of the squads all came in second, as 2V8 finished with a time of 6:38.52. 3V8 fell short to Michigan State by .294 seconds to come in second with a time of 6:54.00. 4V8 had a time of 7:20.87 and 2V4 finished with a 7:25.99 time. 3V4 anchored the meet and finished with a 7:29.54.

Weather on Saturday was better than yesterday, with warm weather and slight cross-tail winds from 5-10 mph.

The Hawkeyes are back in action on April 15, traveling to Kansas City, Kan. to face the Kansas Jayhawks.

“It was another great day to be a Hawkeye. The cross-tail winds made for a quicker race, but I thought our program handled it well. As a team, all boats made improvements from Friday to Saturday. The all raced with great intensity and grit. With the limited water time in Iowa, I thought we progressed towards our goals as a unit. I couldn’t ask for a better group of student-athletes, they are top notch in everything they do.”

Varsity Eight
1. Iowa (6:21.74)
2. Tennessee (6:28.34)
3. UCF (6:35.42)
4. Michigan State (6:36.30)

Iowa: Cara Burns (coxswain), Emma Dabinett, Kassandra McWhorter, Lisa Murphy, Abbey Klostermann, Taryn Lindaman, Molly Shannon, Hailey Mercuri, and Orla Cuffe.

II Varsity Eight
1. Tennessee (6:33.31)
2. Iowa (6:38.52)
3. UCF (6:39.55)
4. Michigan State (6:41.94)

Iowa: Ava Parris (coxswain), Molly Rygh, Shae Becker, Laura Bates, Kirsten Jurgensen, Riley Shultz, Elora Fierke, Mackenzie Streveler, and Nina Lawrence.

III Varsity Eight
1. Michigan State (6:53.71)
2. Iowa (6:54.00)
3. Tennessee (7:02.08)
4. UCF (7:13.05)

Iowa: Taylor Lee (coxswain), Karire Evans, Olivia Taeger, Scarlett Maleham, Ella Grove, Erin Barry, Katie Jorgensen, Dawsen Dorsey, and Haley Hayes.

IV Varsity Eight
1. Michigan State (7:14.45)
2. Iowa (7:20.87)
3. Wisconsin (7:28.32)

Iowa: Olivia Perez (coxswain), Marista Fraley, Jenna Van Bell, Olivia Smothers, Ava Ashworth, Alexandra Eernisse, Isabele Raveling, Molli Larson, and Delaney Streveler.

Varsity Four
1. Iowa (7:09.43)
2. UCF (7:12.61)
3. Tennessee (7:13.15)
4. Michigan State (7:16.73)

Iowa: Natalie Maher (coxswain), Claire Wragee, Liz Blewett, Lauren Pearson, and Heidi Hines.

II Varsity Four
1. Tennessee (7:22.45)
2. Iowa (7:25.99)
3. UCF (7:31.90)
4. Michigan State (7:35.30)

Iowa: Kimberly Marquez (coxswain), Jaecee Hall, Kendall Tucker, Emma Mask, and Sydney Brands.

III Varsity Four
1. SMU (7:24.30)
2. Iowa (7:29.54)
3. Wisconsin (7:31.58)
4. Michigan State (7:39.47)

Iowa: Halle Lindstrom (coxswain), Emmey Sherbon, Maggie Toennis, Myah Lugar, and Natalie DeGabriele.