Minnesota Varsity Eight Garners Final Award of the 2009 Season

April 28, 2009

Boat of the Week:
Minnesota First Varsity Eight

Minnesota's First Varsity Eight held a commanding win over Kansas last weekend at Lake Phalen in St. Paul, Minn. Coxswain Erica Niemiec, Lisa Pugh at stroke, Katherine Johnson, Ashlee Vilmo, Stephanie Bakkum, Lucy Mulvey, Jenna Schuder, Sarah Graham and Cassie Drozynski at bow began the race with an early lead and continued to separate themselves from the Jayhawks throughout. By the 750-meter mark, the Gophers held a three-boat, open-water lead over Kansas and never looked back. Minnesota crossed the finish line nearly 17 seconds ahead of their opponent, clocking a time of 6:20.2, while the Jayhawks finished in 6:36.9. The award marks the second weekly honor for the Minnesota varsity eight this season as the crew captured their first Boat of the Week laurel on March 24.  Overall, Minnesota won seven of eight races against the Jayhawks as the dual served as the final tune-up for the Big Ten Championships.