Michigan Cruises Past Iowa, Louisville in Regular Season Finals
The Wolverines hosted their second spring event at Belleville Lake after hosting Texas in April and completed a sweep by winning all six races.
The MU’s 1V8 scored an impressive victory, edging out Louisville and Iowa for the win.
Despite sunny skies and warm temperatures, the crews faced strong cross winds and some lapping on the water.
After another weekend without competition, UM will race in Indianapolis at the Big Ten Championships (May 16).
To place: Belleville, Michigan (Belleville Lake)
Event: Michigan v Iowa, Louisville (Senior Day)
First finish of the Varsity Eight: 6: 36.95 (1st)
Next Unified Messaging Event: Sunday May 16 – at the Big Ten Championships (Indianapolis, Ind.), To be confirmed
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BELLEVILLE, Mich. – The No.5-ranked University of Michigan rowing program swept the Big Ten against Iowa and ACC opponent Louisville on Sunday, May 2 in the second of the program’s two home regattas on Lake Belleville. UM beat the Hawkeyes and Cardinals in every event, winning six races in total, to end the regular season in a winning way.
A sunny sky made for a beautiful morning on the water. Temperatures were in the 70s by the end of the morning. A strong crosswind demanded expert planning and communication from the coxswain up and down the line-up as the crews battled through the water, especially in the middle of the course.
The event was to include a daytime reconnaissance for seniors after the event, but UM had to delay the event. Details will be announced at a later date. But that does not detract from the particularity of the seniors present to run one last time at Belleville Lake.
Senior coxswain Eliese Hornberger-Rocco (3V4), Darien Moses (2V4), and Charlotte powers (1V8) all guided their boats to victories during the session and several other starting student-athletes took the opportunity to race on Belleville Lake for the last time as motivation for some exceptional races.
Powers guided the 1V8 to an impressive victory in 6: 36.95, over 16 seconds ahead of Louisville. The race was close for about 700 meters before UM withdrew. Seniors Paige badenhorst, Kate burns, Julia gehlert, Emma Luniewicz and Noa Sreden gave this boat an experienced lineup, but the collective group hadn’t spent much time together in a boat. It didn’t show to watch their performance.
For Badenhorst and Gehlert it was their last home race and they seized the moment with a great performance. Louisville took the first lead of the race, and UM was not left behind. At 200 yards, Michigan had taken the lead, but not enough to separate from the field. When the water started to cut, the Wolverines and Cardinals advanced, then were pushed even further past the Hawkeyes when Iowa grabbed a crab, pulling them out of the race. UM sailed wonderfully and increased their lead as the race became a two-boat affair, pushing further and further past the Cardinals to develop what would become a 16.12 second margin of victory.
In the 2V8 race, Michigan led from the start with Louisville pushing the Wolverines early. The race was close; only small advances existed between the boat UM of first place and the two jockey boats for the second and third. Iowa took second in the middle of the 500, giving the Wolverines the chase.
Featured 2V8 Megan hinkle as the only senior on the boat, and also had three real freshmen in the lineup. Hinkle helped generate exceptional speed for the boat as it rowed together for the first time this spring. During a period of calm waters, the boat increased its running frequency and took a three-place lead and stretched it to a 15-place lead. That proved to be enough for the win, as UM clocked 6: 45.5 to beat Hawkeyes by 10 seconds and Louisville by closer to 30.
The 1V4 race was last after a slight schedule change, and it was another great test. Taylor Toudouze and Kathryn ward held the senior coat in the boat and they made sure their boat was powered to win.
UM put an open water boat length on the field at the 500-yard mark, and it was Louisville and Iowa who traded bow balls for second place. Wolverines continued to stretch their lead in open water as boats battled in rough waters, even white ceilings in some areas. Despite this, UM maintained their dominant lead throughout the finish line, clocking 7: 28.34 for the win. Louisville charged into Iowa and tried to nibble on his head. They passed the Hawkeyes near the 1,500-yard mark and wiped out the deficit for the last time, moving up to second place.
The 2V4 event saw another dominant UM performance. Seniors Ally eggleton and Lara vanderbilt, the subject of last month’s Scholar Stories feature, helped lead the team. The 2V4’s lead was not significant at first, but once the race rate increased the boat ran past its opponents and left them far behind. Iowa and Louisville ended up battling for second place, with MU passing 49.43 seconds ahead of the second-placed Hawkeyes.
In the 3V4 race, with UM’s boat helmed by Hornberger-Rocco, UM made a statement. The team had put open water over Iowa just 200 yards from the race. The Wolverines continued to push the pace, even struggling in a mid-course wake, and built a lead of more than four boat lengths by the 1,000-yard mark. In the final half, UM’s lead extended 100 yards over the Hawkeyes, and they crossed the finish line more than 40.42 seconds ahead of Iowa.
Michigan’s 1N8 started the day with a 14.21 second win over Iowa. UM’s 2N8 placed second. Boat 1N8 put a boat’s length or more into open water halfway through the race, continuing her impressive run in recent weeks.
First university eight
1. MICHIGAN – 6: 36.95
2. Louisville – 6: 53.07
3. Iowa – 7: 37.01
Second university eight
1. MICHIGAN – 6: 45.5
2. Iowa – 6: 55.69
3. Louisville – 7: 13.78
First university four
1. MICHIGAN – 7: 28.34
2. Louisville – 7: 47.59
3. Iowa – 8: 01.72
Second university four
1. MICHIGAN – 7: 32.0
2. Iowa – 8: 21.43
3. Louisville – 8: 24.59
Third university four
1. MICHIGAN – 7: 53.84
2. Iowa – 8: 33.46
First novice eight
1. MICHIGAN – (winning time not recorded)
2. Iowa (1N8) – +14.21
3. MICHIGAN (2N8) – +24.80
4. Iowa (2N8) – +34.05
1V8: Charlotte powers (coxswain), Julia gehlert, Ariana Shokoohi, Kate burns, Noa Sreden, Elena Collier-Hezel, Paige badenhorst, Zara Collisson, Emma Luniewicz
2V8: Alexandra Gabel (coxswain), Lillian mei, Victoria cooke, Delaney evans, Megan hinkle, Lauren Benitez, Abigail Dent, Tara Flaherty, Sarah McKay
1V4: Kathryn ward, Madelyn Ball, Taylor Toudouze, Haven Essien, Ainslie evans (coxswain)
2V4: Lauren Sickmiller, Ally eggleton, Lara vanderbilt, Jeri rhodes, Darien Moses (coxswain)
3V4: Annika Ehrlacher, Kendra sanders, Caroline McGee, Camp Hadley, Eliese Hornberger-Rocco (coxswain)
1N8: Faith Bridgeman (coxswain), Isabel Mezei, Brooke Gietzen, Katie Lucken, Julia casey, Olivia mcmullen, Ashley Veldheer, Chloe Pulick, Olivia krum
2N8: Caitlin Dusenbury (coxswain), Lily Pence, Lauren Langley, Olivia Olk, Sophie Rallis, Hawthorne Haywood, Molly Maloy, Kate Kikilo, Brooke Harrison