Varsity Eights Earn Bronze Medals

posted by Breanna Kellogg - 

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Iowa women’s rowing team finished fourth Sunday with a school record 111 points at the 2018 Big Ten Championships.

Sophomore Contessa Harold was named First Team All-Big Ten, Kaelynn Heiberg and Hunter Koenigsfeld were named Second Team All-Big Ten, and Baillie McCunn was named Iowa’s Sportsmanship Award Honoree.

HOW IT HAPPENED

 

I Varsity Eight: After a constant battle with Michigan, the I Varsity Eight crew earned a bronze medal for the Hawkeyes, crossing the finish line 1.646 seconds behind the second-place Wolverines.

 

II Varsity Eight: The II Varsity Eight race earned a podium finish, and a bronze medal, as they finished third, passing the finish line 1.52 seconds ahead of Wisconsin to secure the third-place finish.

 

I Varsity Four: In the closest race of the day, the I Varsity Four crew battled with Michigan State for sixth, but crossed the finish line .585 seconds behind the Spartans to finish in seventh.

 

II Varsity Four: In a close battle for fifth, the Hawkeyes battled with Rutgers, but ultimately fell to the Scarlet Knights, crossing the finish line in sixth, 1.693 seconds behind.

 

III Varsity Four: The III Varsity Four crew finished in sixth, 5.729 seconds over seventh-place Minnesota and 13.465 seconds ahead of eighth-place Rutgers.

 

I Novice Eight: The I Novice Eight crew finished in seventh-place, 2.873 seconds ahead of eighth-place Indiana.

 

II Novice Eight: In a similar race, the II Novice Eight crew finished in seventh-place, 3.79 seconds ahead of eighth-place Indiana.

HEAR FROM COACH CARTER

“It was another step forward for us this year as a team. The team finished solidly in fourth place, a position we shared a year ago, and our NCAA boat classes finished third. To accomplish that, we scored a program-record 111 points. Certainly two of the highlights of the regatta were the medal performances from our top two eights, which were a first for the program.”

“It’s been five years of steady improvement and you can really feel the excitement from everyone to have it continue.”

 

LINEUPS

 

I Varsity Eight: Ashley Duda, Izzy Dolba, Kaelynn Heiberg, Hannah Greenlee, Hunter Koenigsfeld, Contessa Harold, Katie Pearson, Eve Stewart, Logan Jones (coxswain)

II Varsity Eight: Claire Rutherford, Kasia Gniatczyk, Ashlynn Bauer, Megan Sprengeler, Baillie McCunn, Paige Schlapkohl, Zora Marinkovich, Rachel Canon, Faith Wieland (coxswain)

 

I Varsity Four: Dani Bender, Gemma KerrKayla JensenAmelia Koehn, Laura Justis (coxswain)

II Varsity Four: Carly Millerd, Paige Przybylski, Alysson Wittmeyer, Allison Blevins, Lisa Morales (coxswain)

III Varsity Four: Trisha Huerta, Heidi Mentz, Andjela Milenkovic, Alexis Chamness, Elizabeth Pritchard (coxswain)

 

I Novice Eight: Nicole Majerus, Megan Willey, Nathalia Wellenreiter, Elena Waiglein, Izzy Bowman, Amalie Millerd, Tessa Walsh, Katie Rygh, Katie Becker (coxswain)

 

II Novice Eight: Kathryn Raver, Elizabeth Keene, Anna Varley, Mary Grevas, Keely Paus, Hailey Weisensel, Emma Degen, Madelyn Theut, Emily Steimel (coxswain)

UP NEXT

The NCAA announces the postseason field on Tuesday, May 15 at 4 p.m. (CT). The NCAA selection show is streamed at NCAA.com. The Hawkeyes will host a watch party at the Feller Club Room inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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