Minnesota Wins 2007 Rowing Championships in Record Fashion

April 28, 2007

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MADISON, Wis. -- The University of Minnesota used a record setting performance to win the 2007 Big Ten Women's Rowing Championships. The Gophers scored 150 points on the strength of winning four individual races, and finishing no worse than third in any grand final. Michigan took second place overall after winning the I Varsity Eight race, posting 117 points, while Ohio State took third place (103 pts.) in the overall standings. Michigan State (102 pts.), Wisconsin (87 pts.), Iowa (49 pts.), and Indiana (33 pts.) rounded out the overall field.

In the first grand final of the day, Michigan's II Novice Eight started the day off for the Wolverines in a strong fashion, taking nearly a three-second win with a time of 6:25.7 over second place Wisconsin (6:28.5). Minnesota (6:31.2), Iowa (6:36.9), and Ohio State (7:10.2) completed the field.

In the I Novice Eight final, Minnesota picked up the first of its four consecutive grand final wins with a time of 6:29.2, edging second place Wisconsin (6:30.9). Iowa finished third in the event at 6:33.3, while Michigan State took fourth with a 6:34.3. Michigan won the I Novice Eight petite final.

Minnesota won the II Varsity Four with a time of 7:00.3, fending off a challenge from Wisconsin (7:03.7). Indiana (7:23.7) edged Michigan (7:26.2) for the third place spot in the event. Ohio State claimed the win in the II Varsity Four petite final.

The I Varsity Four race came right down to the end for the first three spots. Minnesota prevailed again, posting a time of 7:00.3, followed closely by Ohio State (7:02.8) and Michigan State (7:03.2). Wisconsin took fourth in the race with a time of 7:14.7. Michigan claimed its second petite final win in the IV4 with a 7:04.0 time.

The Gophers wrapped up their run of grand final victories with a strong performance in the II Varsity Eight, logging a time of 6:09.1, holding off a charge by Ohio State (6:10.7). Michigan State finished third with a 6:13.8, followed by Michigan at 6:28.2. Wisconsin took the petite final crom with a time of 6:10.9.

In a thrilling final race of the day, Michigan won the I Varsity Eight race with a time of 5:57.4 after leading for almost the entire race, but not by much. Minnesota won the final sprint to earn the second spot at 5:59.1, edging Michigan State (6:00.2) and Ohio State (6:01.7), while Wisconsin took fifth (6:11.2). There were five squads in the final race as the result of an appeal by Michigan State following the second IV8 preliminary heat where it was found that some debris on the course affected MSU's run, and granted the Spartans a spot in the grand final.