No. 17 Michigan State heads to the east coast to take on four of the Boston-area crews in addition to UMass in two weekend races.
The Spartans will be rowing out of Boston University's DeWolfe Boathouse for both day's races. Boston University head coach Stacey Rippetoe is a former Spartan assistant under Matt Weise and spent eight years on the MSU staff, and has been the head coach of the Terriers since 2008.
On Saturday, the Spartans will take on BU, Northeastern and UMass; on Sunday, MSU will go up against No. 16 Harvard and Boston College. All racing is done on the Charles River in Cambridge, which is the home course for all the Boston-Area competitors.
The Spartans have some experience on this course - MSU's varsity eight has rowed in the last two Head of the Charles, the largest two-day regatta in the world, held annually in Cambridge, Mass. MSU finished 10th in 2015 and 15th this past October - but this weekend's 2,000 meter, four-lane racing will be far different than the 4,800 m head race, not the Spartans tackled the last two Octobers.
The Spartan varsity eight remains largely intact from it's October showing, with Mikayla Russell replacing Kasidy Higgins. Rebecca Uebele, Brianna Higgins, Brook Edgar, and Nicole Marek are two-time HOCR participants, and they raced this fall with coxswain Hannah Worth, sophomore Meaghan Faucher, Monica Hessler, and Lindsey Klei.
The Spartans fell one spot to No. 17 in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) poll this week, and came in at a season-best No. 16 two weeks prior. Harvard/Radcliffe moved into the No. 16 spot last week.
MSU last raced two weeks ago when it hosted Minnesota and No. 11 Wisconsin on Lake Ovid. MSU's varsity eight was 0.88 seconds behind the Badgers in the morning session, but easily handled the Gophers in the afternoon. MSU has also continued to get strong results from its novice eight - but this week, much of that boat has been moved up to become the Spartan second varsity eight, with six of the nine having rowed exclusively in a novice boat this season - only Madelyn Bagley, six seat Cailyn Wolski and bow Lillian Thompson have taken part in a varsity race prior to this weekend. MSU will field three fours and one novice eight this weekend.
Sunday's racing between MSU, Harvard/Radcliffe and Boston College will have a live webstream on the Ivy League Digital Network (subscription required).
Saturday, April 22
MSU vs. Boston University, Northeastern, and UMass
7:10 am - Third Varsity Eight/Novice Eight
7:40 am - Second Varsity Four
8:10 am - Varsity Four
8:40 am - Second Varsity Eights
9:10 am - Varsity Eights
Sunday, April 23
MSU vs. Harvard/Radcliffe and Boston College
7:30 am - Second/Third Varsity Four
7:50 am - Third Varsity Eight/Novice Eight
8:10 am - Varsity Four
8:30 am - Second Varsity Eight
9:50 am - Varsity Eights
Second Varsity Eight Lineup: cox- Jennifer Gmeiner; Stroke - Halle Nielsen; 7- Madelyn Bagley; 6- Cailyn Wolski; 5- Annie Cantu; 4- Sophia Klein; 3- Claire Hesseltine; 2- Kate Willis; Bow- Lillian Thompson
Novice Eight Lineup:
cox - C- Katrese Moll /Alyssa Malak; Stroke- Jordan Becker; 7- Johanna Uckele; 6- Becca Harmon; 5- Amy Puidokas; 4- Monica Wimbush; 3- Madison Glatz; 2- Madison Sturm; Bow- Mia Inman