March 14, 2006
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MINNESOTA FIRST VARSITY FOUR
Competed Against: Louisville
Notes: Minnesota's First Varsity Four of Kaja Tally, Tracey Tallman, Katie Engel, Christine O'Donnell and Alissa Almquist have earned Boat of the Week honors after kicking off the 2006 season In Oak Ridge, Tenn. The Gophers clocked in at 8:06.56, defeating Louisville by 8.19 seconds.
The Gophers also notched wins in the First and Second Novice Eight races but Louisville prevailed in the final team standings. Minnesota will train in Tennessee during spring break and will continue action next weekend against the Tennessee Lady Vols.
This is the seventh season of Big Ten Conference women's rowing. Seven league teams compete for the conference: Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin.
The University of Minnesota will host the seventh annual Big Ten Women's Rowing Championships on Saturday, April 29. Last spring, Michigan State won its first-ever conference title as the Spartans totaled 130 points, edging out Ohio State by one point in the final team standings. MSU is now the third school in the six-year history of the championships to win the team title. Ohio State finished second with 129 points and joins Michigan and Minnesota as the only three teams to win the event. Wisconsin (106) ended up third in the team standings while the Badger II Novice Eight claimed its sixth-consecutive victory. Michigan (103), Minnesota (73), Indiana (46) and Iowa (22) rounded out the competition.
Five Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 20, including three in the top 10, in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) preseason poll. Ohio State leads all Big Ten teams at No. 4 while Michigan (7) and Wisconsin (8) round out the top 10.