March 24, 2009
Co-Boats of the Week:
In the team's first official racing of the season, the Wisconsin varsity eight went a perfect 4-0 against this Sunday in Austin, Texas. The boat helped the Badgers take home the Longhorn Invite Trophy, awarded to the team that was determined to be the strongest at the event, which also included squads from Iowa, Oklahoma and the Texas Club team. The boat of Claire Geiger, Theresa Shields, Vicky Opitz, Grace Latz, Meryl Chafee, Katie Helmrick, Anna Schettle, Bailey Thompson and Maggie Galloway finished with times of 7:05.7, 6:45.7, 7:01.1 and 6:54.1 to post wins over Central Florida, Kansas State, Texas and Duke, respectively.
The Minnesota varsity eight earns a share in the weekly honor after leading the Gophers to a sweep over Tennessee to open the spring season. The Varsity eight took first place by clocking a time of 6:35 against the Lady Vols. The crew of Lisa Pugh, Katie Johnson, Ashlee Vilmo, Stephanie Bakkum, Lucy Mulvey, Jenna Schuder, Sarah Graham, Cassie Drozynski and coxswain Ilana Ostrin finished more than three seconds ahead of their opponent.