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Senior to move from boats to planes

Minnesota rower Becky Kinchen at the Boathouse on Monday, April 29, 2013. Kinchen, a mechanical engineering major, will start a job at Boeing in the summer.

Nate Gotlieb

May 2, 2013

As a sophomore, rower Becky Kinchen had to build a robot as part of her Introduction to Engineering class. So naturally, she created a “row-bot.” Kinchen, a mechanical engineering senior, built a model rowboat that could trip a sensor and raise and lower a drawbridge. “It didn&rsquo...

Tired team fares well

Nate Gotlieb

April 22, 2013

The Gophers rowing teams had a successful weekend at the Clemson Invitational in Clemson, S.C., despite a hectic travel schedule. The team recorded four top-three finishes and won one event — a second varsity eight heat Saturday afternoon. But the Gophers nearly didn’t make it there. They w...

Team perseveres through unusual spring weather

Nate Gotlieb

April 18, 2013

The unusual spring weather has been a blessing and a curse for the Gophers women’s rowing team. Cold weather has limited snowmelt into the Mississippi River, allowing the team to practice on the river almost every day. “Because the river has opened up and there’s no ice on it, we ca...

Iowa meet canceled because of unsafe conditions

Nate Gotlieb

April 15, 2013

The Gophers women’s rowing team was eager to prove its merit this weekend against No. 18 Louisville. It’ll have to wait another week to do so. A set of heavy winds and 18-inch whitecaps on Lake Macbride in Solon, Iowa, led to the cancelation of Saturday’s meet against Louisville, No. ...

Senior adds consistency to top boat

Nate Gotlieb

April 11, 2013

The Gophers women’s rowing team has used many rowers in its top boat since 2008. But senior Cassie Drozynski has been one of the mainstays on the top boat, the first varsity eight. Drozynski, a two-time all-Big Ten honoree, started rowing on the first varsity eight during the 2008-09 season. After r...

Gophers continue dominance

Nate Gotlieb

March 25, 2013

The Gophers rowing team defeated Tennessee over the weekend, winning all of its races in Knoxville, Tenn. The Gophers have won 19 of their 24 races this spring.  They won 15 of 20 races at their first meet of the spring season, the Oklahoma Invite. Minnesota head coach Wendy Davis said the team lo...

Rowing team succeeds despite bad Oklahoma City weather

Nate Gotlieb

March 11, 2013

The Gophers women’s rowing team faced a “smorgasbord” of weather conditions this weekend at the Oklahoma Invitational in Oklahoma City, according to head coach Wendy Davis. But the conditions didn’t stop the Gophers from making their first event of the spring successful. The Gophers won thre...

Team practices in cold before first meet

The women's varsity crew practices Saturday, March 2, 2013, on the Mississippi River.

Nate Gotlieb

March 7, 2013

At 8:30 on a frigid Saturday morning, the Gophers women’s rowing team hauled its boats out of the University Boathouse and onto the Mississippi River. The team fought icy conditions during its 80-minute practice that partially froze the rowers’ seats. The coxswains, who lead the direction...

Poor weather stunts Head of the Rock meet

Andrew Krammer

October 15, 2012

Torrential rain bogged down and eventually canceled the Gophers women’s rowing team’s second meet of the fall season Sunday in Rockford, Ill. “[It was] supremely windy, a little bit of white-capping when our [rowing] pairs were coming down,” Gophers coach Wendy Davis said.&nbs...

Coach Davis sets sights high after dominant first meet

Andrew Krammer

October 8, 2012

The Gophers women’s rowing team hasn’t been to the NCAA tournament since 2007. At the Gophers’ first fall season meet Sunday, nearly eight months before the tournament, head coach Wendy Davis set the bar high for her squad this year. “It’s been a long time since we’v...