Daniel Hemric doesn’t have a NASCAR Xfinity Series win to his name. Richard Childress Racing sees no problem with that.Hemric’s relatively unexpected announcement that he’d make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at Richmond Raceway this weekend is backed by legendary precedence.Jimmie Johnson signed for a Hendrick Motorsports ride in the fall of 2000, 10 months before he’d score his first and only Xfinity Series race win. Kasey Kahne had yet to find Xfinity Series Victory Lane when Ray Evernham selected him as Bill Elliott’s replacement in 2003. Denny Hamlin was tabbed for Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 11 car in 2005 during a winless rookie season in Xfinity. Chip Ganassi deemed development driver Kyle Larson ready for Cup months before he was a winner, an interesting detour from the fun “Chip Likes Winners” narrative.What’s going on, you ask? In a sport where winning garners headlines and attracts fans, its participants are paying more attention to success in the periphery. It’s for good reason.MORE: Hemric to bring back No. 8 at Richmond | No. 8 through the yearsWinning is of the utmost importance, especially in NASCAR, where a regular-season victory equates to a playoff berth, but wins aren’t on the level when evaluating potential for driving stardom. Consider this: The five fastest cars in the Xfinity Series, occupied by 12 different drivers, won 70 percent of last year’s races. Through seven events in 2018, the same rate exists (five of seven). Since entering Xfinity, Hemric has never had one of the five fastest cars.Still, those keeping close tabs appreciate Hemric. It helps that we’re now predisposed to grading drivers in less-than-elite equipment with the understanding that there’s a limit on what their superficial stat line — wins, top-five finishes, laps led, etc. — can tout. This is thanks to drivers, emerging from second-tier equipment or worse, who proved formidable immediately upon entering NASCAR’s premier series.A peripheral area in which Hemric thrives is long-run passing, particularly on 1.5-mile tracks, NASCAR’s most prevalent track type. In 2017, he provided his team with an adjusted pass differential of plus-43 at Atlanta, Charlotte and Texas, over 35 positions beyond the expectation of a driver with his average running position. Earlier this month at Texas, he finished third despite his 35th-place starting spot, thanks primarily to the 17 additional positions supplied via efficient passing.RELATED: Hemric readies for ‘special’ Monster Energy Series debutThis is a trait that translates to Monster Energy Series success. Chase Elliott and Erik Jones, both winners in top-tier Xfinity equipment, were plus passers before jumping to Cup, where their penchant for efficiently sifting through traffic continues. So was Larson, ranked first in pass efficiency among Xfinity Series regulars in 2013, whose passing acumen proved more predictive of his fortune than his lack of race victories at the time.Efficient passing represents something RCR doesn’t typically get from its driving roster. Three drivers, Austin Dillon, Ryan Newman and Paul Menard, combined for an adjusted pass differential 301 positions worse than expected last year, forcing their crew chiefs to place a season-long emphasis on pit strategy in an effort to supplement track position. That game plan turned out OK, all things considered. Both Dillon and Newman won races based on strategy. Menard’s crew chief, Matt Borland, chipped in 67 additional positions for his driver, the second-highest total among all crew chiefs, through green-flag pit cycles.Dillon and Newman returned in 2018, and the focus on pit strategy remains; Luke Lambert has pitted Newman either early or late in the fuel window a relatively high 40 percent of the time. A driver like Hemric, with an innate ability to maneuver through dirty air, would represent a mental reprieve for RCR’s brain trust and a pathway to winning they haven’t had since the days Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer walked through their hauler door.RCR also understands the initial Cup Series output from Hemric won’t adequately represent his ceiling. The Monster Energy Series can make for a daunting transition. There is reason, though, for optimism.Hemric has improved on the fly during his brief Xfinity Series stint. He underwent an assimilation period during the first half of last season, averaging a 15.9-place finish through the first 17 races before improving by about 5.5 positions in the season’s second half. His 8.6-place average to this point in 2018 is in line with every series champion within the last five years. He currently ranks second in Production in Equal Equipment Rating among series regulars, trailing only Elliott Sadler, a driver with 438 career Cup Series starts to his name.Hemric’s second-half leap last year may have been due to improved position retention rates on restarts. During the first half, he retained his spot on preferred groove restarts 77.78 percent of the time, a measure that increased nearly 12 percent in the second half to 89.19, which would’ve sufficed as the best full-season rate in the series among regulars. He gained 18 positions inside the first two laps when restarting from the preferred groove through the year’s first half; he doubled his first-half positional gain (plus-36) in the second half.Time is required for Hemric’s potential for impact to be realized, but given the drivers that came before him with similar records, RCR will happily stomach such an assimilation. The team is betting that Hemric will offer something different than what they already have at their disposal. It’s a smart gamble, and if he becomes another diamond rescued from the winless rough, it would shift the trajectory of an organization that’s won just three times in the last 153 races.
Vulture Cycles Coaster Brake Single Speed Mini-Velo Complete with Carbon CrankThis past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 2012 Oregon Handmade show. This years turnout was much better than last years for both exhibitors and attendees. One of the exhibitors, Vultures Cycles, had a newly built Mini-Velo bike on hand. And after riding it, it quickly became my favorite bike at the show.Vulture Cycles is based out of Bend, OR, and consists of one man, Wade Beauchamp. He has been in the frame building business for long time, and is known for using square gage tubing set at an angle for his rear stays. Usually, you will find Wade building mountain bikes, or doing contract work for others. But on the Wednesday before the show you would have found him building this Mini-Velo out of scrap he had in the shop. After speaking with Wade about the bike, I learned that this is a rough prototype for a “stock production” model he is planning on making. The estimated final build would come in a male and female version, along with a generator hub and lights, and a rear basket. The idea is to create a simple urban commuter that will fit in your small apartment. All I know is that a single speed, 20″ wheeled, coaster brake equiped bike is simple and fun to ride. And with a little practice you can even do bar spins.Past the break you’ll find more Mini-Velo images, plus product from Bike Friday, including a $7700 folding race bike designed by Rob English. Also on display from Bike Friday was this Nuvinci 360 / Belt Drive equipped bike complete with fenders and racks.This belt drive folder caught my attention as well. It was built up using a drum brake front hub and a Shimano Nexus internally geared rear hub with a disc brake. With such a long headtube, Wade moved the VC logo to the rear stay bridge, and used a sticker usually reserved for the seat tube to brand the front of the Mini-Velo. Wade also rode this bike all around Portland for the weekend while he was in town for the show. And those wheels, they came off a kids bike he nabbed from a thrift store.Bike Friday, known for making custom folding bikes, had this 2012 SRAM Red equipped folding race bike on hand. When not doing his own builds, Rob English does engineering work for the company, and he had a hand in making this custom racer. The price tag is as much as a full custom carbon bike would be too, at a whopping $7700. That super long seat post is titanium with Thompson hardware a top.Any legitimate racing folder wouldn’t be complete without a set of Rolf Prima’s 20″ Apex wheels, weighing in at just 1250g.
There have been several options over the years, including Softride’s parallelogram design, the recent Redshift Shockstop, and the very old Klein Mission Control (which Voss helped design and clearly inspired this one). He says traditional suspension stems have been designed to soak up big bumps, but this one’s made to handle big bumps just as well as killing road buzz by also incorporating fork movement into a carefully controlled system.The design is capable of 40-60mm of travel from handlebar to ground. Or it could be less, say 30mm for a pure road bike. The parallelogram design keeps the handlebar level as the suspension moves through it’s travel, which becomes more important the longer that travel is, otherwise it could end up rolling around enough that your hands lose some grip. It’s pressed in as part of the arm reaching down to the parallel link, and it rotates on large headset bearings.While it looks simple, it’s actually quite an engineering feat. It uses a double steerer tube – an outer one that is the actual steerer tube fit into the headset bearings, and the inner steerer tube is pulled upward as the stem is compressed. It slides inside a large bushing at the bottom and is constrained by the pivot points at the top, so friction is minimal. You could think of it as the fork pushing up and causing the handlebar to sink a bit, or the handlebar’s travel causing the stem to pull the fork upward. While not an exact analogy, think of a floating suspension where the rear shock is captured between two moving links (like on the new Trek Top Fuel) and you start to get an idea of how this feels.The actual suspension is provided by an elastomer that’s pressed into the frame and can be changed for body weight. The top of it is recessed into the head tube, so the lower headset bearing sits about a centimeter or so higher than normal inside the head tube.All in, Voss says it’s only a 200g or less weight penalty. Because it’s an entirely integrated front end, this will be more of an OEM offering than aftermarket upgrade. And Voss already has OEM customers lined up for flat and drop bar bikes from well known bike brands. It’ll be a premium addition to the bike, not a cheap upgrade at first, but as the fork legs and handlebars switch from carbon to alloy, it’ll come down.If it seems like an overly convoluted system to add just a bit of cush to a bike, you’d be missing the point. The action is incredibly smooth, and incredibly controlled. Standing and hammering doesn’t create any unwanted bobbing under your shifting weight. And on my test rides, it cut vibration and rattling over storm grates by at least 2/3, and when riding directly into a 2-3″ curb (about what a nasty pot hole would be), it just absorbed it completely. The effect could be far less rider fatigue from the drastic vibration reduction and safer commuting on rough streets. And for gravel and ‘cross? It might just be a dream come true.He also showed off new flat mount versions of his ICEIT brake mounts, which integrate with the fork to create a firmer mounting platform that dissipates heat better so it can’t affect the resins used in carbon forks. Check out the originals along with the new NAILD locking quick release thru axle system in this post.Naild.it Imagine if you could all but erase not just bumps, but vibration, too, from your commuter, road, cyclocross or gravel bike. That’s the promise of the new NAILD R3ACT front suspension.It’s named for Newton’s third law that says every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and this particular prototype is made for flat bar road bikes, but designer Darrell Voss has bigger plans for it. It’s not really a stem suspension or a fork suspension, it’s both, and it requires a rider’s weight to be on the handlebars for it to work.Voss explains that in the auto industry, they want about 10x the weight of the wheel:tire combo in the structure immediately surrounding it in order to properly deaden vibrations before they reach the driver. On a bike, that ratio isn’t practical, so he faked it by isolating the handlebars from the fork via a leveraged connection between the stem and the steerer tube. Press down on the frame and it barely moves. Put your weight on the bars and it absorbs bumps smoothly and easily…
Vermont Business Magazine The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) will be hosting its annual Summer Meeting in Burlington on June 21. Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell will welcome the nation’s State Attorneys General. The three-day Summer Meeting is an opportunity for attorneys general to convene with key staff, other government officials and academic, corporate and association representatives to discuss legal issues on a number of topics to include consumer credit reporting, veterans in the workforce, health insurance coverage and mental health treatment, and keeping children safe.Governor Peter Shumlin will extend a welcome at the Tuesday opening luncheon at the Hilton Hotel and Burlington Chief of Police Brandon del Pozo is featured as the first guest speaker to kick off the meeting. Most of Wednesday’s presentations will address civil rights issues, past and present. Former Vermont Chief Justice and Attorney General Jeff Amestoy will discuss the 1853 prosecution of America’s only African-American attorney for opposing slavery—a case described in his recent non-fiction book, Slavish Shores: The Odyssey of Richard Henry Dana, Jr. Former Tennessee Attorney General Mike Cody will discuss his firm’s representation of Martin Luther King, Jr at the time of his death in then-segregated Memphis followed by a panel discussion led by Attorney General Sorrell, on the present day need to build a coalition of trust between police and communities of color. On Thursday, Vermonter and former Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission Julie Brill will lead a panel discussion on privacy and data security regulation and law enforcement.“I am honored to welcome my friends and colleagues from around the country to our beautiful State,” said Sorrell. “I am particularly proud to share the agenda with Vermonters who have earned national reputations for excellence in their respective professions.”WHEN & WHERE:Tuesday, June 21 at noon through June 23 until 3:45 p.m.Hilton Burlington, 60 Battery Street, Burlington, VT 05401Open sessions will be videotaped and posted to the NAAG website, www.naag.org(link is external), the same day as presented.Vermont AG: June 13, 2016
After decades of service several teachers in the Shawnee Mission School District are retiring. But with schools shuttered during the COVID-19 pandemic these teachers won’t get the usual fanfare of a send-off.We asked some of these educators to share what it’s like leaving a profession they have dedicated years to — without being able to say goodbye to students and colleagues in person. The retirees also filled us in on plans for life after teaching.Heather Sommer — Ray Marsh ElementaryHeather Sommer is retiring from special education at Ray Marsh Elementary. Photo courtesy Heather Sommer.This year marks Heather Sommer’s 14th year at Ray Marsh Elementary, 21st year in the Shawnee Mission School District and her 40th year as an educator.It took her breath away when she learned she couldn’t return to school or retire surrounded by students and colleagues, but she adjusted to it.“I really wasn’t looking forward to a big fanfare; I feel that in my career, I’ve had enough attention,” she said. “That’s not really what I’ll miss, although I do think that celebrations and rituals are important. They help us to transfer from one part of our life to another, to make those changes, to have our goodbyes, to have our tears.”She started her career in New York and taught in North Carolina and Missouri before coming to Kansas. As a learning specialist for grades 4 through 6 at Ray Marsh, Sommer has had “wonderful and remarkable memories” helping students with learning disabilities.After retiring, Sommer plans to visit with family when it’s safe to do so. She plans to return and see everyone if school opens in the fall. She and her husband, Bob Sommer, are planning to stay in the Shawnee Mission area.Lisa Benge — Shawnee Mission WestLisa Benge is retiring as a social studies teacher from SM West. Photo courtesy Lisa Benge.Social studies and American government teacher Lisa Benge is retiring this month after 38 years in Shawnee Mission schools.Most of her American government class students are seniors and she’s also the senior class sponsor. With school being closed the rest of the academic year, it’s been hard not to be able to say goodbye to students and colleagues in person.“The ending here is not at all what I wanted,” she said. “Not seeing those kids and being able to say goodbye for the last time is the hardest thing. That’s why we went into teaching: It’s so fun to teach them, hang out with them, talk with them, see them grow, interact.”She recently visited school to pick up her things and walked into her classroom for the last time.“I got tears in my eyes because it will never be my room again,” she said. “I don’t know, it’s hard.”A 1977 SM South graduate, Benge’s first teaching job was at Hocker Grove Junior High in 1981. She took time off as a new mother, then returned to teaching at Westridge Middle School for a couple of years. She has taught at SM West since 1988.After retiring, Benge hopes to have a party when it’s allowed, perhaps with some live music by Perpetual Change, musicians who are her former eighth-grade students. She plans to spend more time with her grandchildren and enjoy vacationing in the family cabin in Minnesota. A resident of old Leawood, Benge may start substitute teaching, which softens the transition.Her message to students: “You are all unique and you all have so much potential. Use that potential and have fun.”Janel Cates — Shawnee Mission East‘That has been probably the hardest because it was so abruptly ended; I didn’t have all that time to prepare mentally for it.’ Janel Cates taught for 35 years in the Shawnee Mission School District. Pictured above, Cates teaches her class while dressed up for Monday’s ‘Harry Potter’ theme. Photo credit Ava Simonsen, The Harbinger.As a family and consumer sciences teacher at SM East, Janel Cates is retiring after 35 years in the Shawnee Mission School District.Retiring this way is not what she pictured, because she lost time to reflect on those last moments in her classroom.“That has been probably the hardest because it was so abruptly ended; I didn’t have all that time to prepare mentally for it,” Cates said. “When you’re a teacher, it’s all about the students, and I don’t have much contact with the students anymore. It’s strange.”Cates will miss hearing her students say thank you at the end of each lesson.“That meant so much; I always thought that was so thoughtful for them,” she said.Her first teaching job was at Broadmoor Junior High in 1981. She held a variety of roles teaching home economics, fashion and other courses at SM Northwest, SM West and SM North, as well as Trailridge Middle, before landing at SM East.Cates started the fashion design program at the Broadmoor Technical Center (formerly Broadmoor Junior High) around 1986 and worked there for several years during her career.“That was probably my very favorite job ever,” she said, adding that through her career in Shawnee Mission, she was able to fulfill her lifelong dream of teaching sewing skills to students at each school where she’s instructed.She hasn’t made plans to mark her retirement, but she did start a teaching scrapbook recently; focusing on that project will help her reflect on her memories in school. After retiring, she will probably find a part-time job or other non-teaching work.John Stonner — Shawnee Mission WestAfter 33 years in teaching, John Stonner is retiring as a business teacher from Shawnee Mission West.Stonner is also a coach for Vikings football. He misses not seeing his students every day, and he feels sorry they are missing out on school life, especially the seniors.John Stonner. Photo courtesy Amy Morgan.“If you were a baseball player or running track, you prepared all year for your sport and you don’t have it,” Stonner said. “And the prom, the senior send-off, that’s just something that these kids didn’t have.”A product of Shawnee Mission schools, Stonner started his teaching career in 1987 before transferring to SM East in 2001 and SM West in 2011.He particularly enjoyed his financial literacy class, which provided hands-on learning for how to budget and invest.“I’m going to miss a lot of things for years to come,” he said. “There’s some great kids at West. But I got things that I’m going to look forward to, to overcome that.”After retiring, Stonner will move to Georgia to be closer to family.
Young lawyers work to improve PWP program Young lawyers work to improve PWP program Theresa E. Davis Assistant Editor Who wouldn’t like to build a better mousetrap? The Young Lawyers Division consists of men and women, not mice, but that won’t stop them from improving the tried-and-true formulas of its signature seminar — Practicing with Professionalism.Jewel White Cole, chair of the PWP committee, would like to address the need for change, saying that the YLD is looking to “revamp some of the curriculum,” by making some of the content more relevant.“I think that any seminar needs to be looked at and updated every couple of years or so,” Cole said. “We really have an opportunity to make some positive changes.”The Florida Supreme Court mandates that all new lawyers must take the PWP seminar within 12 months of joining The Florida Bar. Cole understands the importance of disseminating information that is both contextually appropriate and engaging for all involved. This can be hard to accomplish, she said, especially with large groups of lawyers having all types of legal backgrounds.“Our numbers have been up dramatically,” said Cole, adding 300 lawyers attended the last Miami PWP program. Course evaluation forms let the YLD know exactly who is tipping their hat, and who is wagging their finger. These forms are reliable indicators of what needs to change and what needs to stay the same. Cole describes what the PWP recipients are saying in the feedback forms, and it seems that the issues are the same across the board.“It doesn’t matter whether they’re a government lawyer, or a trial lawyer, or a transactional lawyer, or a private sector lawyer — they all complained about the same thing,” she said. “The videos go on for too long, the vignettes are ‘hokey,’ the technology’s not that good.”Aesthetics are a valid concern. According to some of the course evaluation forms, the videos and vignettes may be reminiscent of Three’s Company reruns, and not in a good way.“You can tell they were probably shot back in the ’80s sometime,” said Cole, with a laugh. “I think that some of the subject matter is probably still relevant, although it could use a little bit of an updating and a newer spin on things. You can tell that attitudes have changed about certain things.”The course evaluations aren’t all bad, though. Cole said a panel of judges is there to discuss ethics in the afternoon, and PWP participants seem to like that.“I think people are pretty engaged by that because they like to hear what judges have to say,” Cole said. “Judges are always a big draw.”Cole does, however, feel the winds of change. She says that some of the changes include capping attendance, offering additional seminars at the big locations like Miami and Tampa, and trying out a new seating format.Cole would like to see the participants seated at tables instead of row after row of chairs in the back of the room. “It’s very difficult to get that kind of interaction when you have that many people,” she said.Circular seating arrangements seem to be more conducive to large groups. “I think it induces a little bit more interaction because there’s not such a big audience,” said Cole. To offset the seating problems in Miami, the PWP programmers broke the seminar into two days and capped attendance at 150.Cole said the YLD would also like to include a bias elimination component to the program.“With this seminar, we hit every new lawyer in The Florida Bar, so what better place to have a component on bias elimination?” Cole said. “It’s something that’s very important in the profession; it’s [PWP] a forum where you’re going to get to talk to every new lawyer, so it just makes sense that we would talk about it.”The grievance process is another hot-button issue. Cole says that some young lawyers may not be aware of how frequently grievances arise and what sort of grievances to be aware of.“The grievance process is something we really, really want to talk about so that we can give them the context,” Cole said. She said the YLD would like to make the grievance process more realistic for the participants.While the YLD does embrace change when it comes to PWP, it’s not looking to scorch the earth.“Really the hardest part in trying to deal with new curriculum is not just coming up with the topic or the curriculum, but coming up with a way to replicate it repeatedly throughout the state,” Cole said. “That’s kind of the hardest part with PWP. It’s not like it’s a single course that gets put on one time a year in a given location. There’s a PWP going on, probably, twice a month.”Consistency is key.“We do want to keep the curriculum consistent because we want to be sending the same message to all of our new lawyers,” Cole said. “We don’t want to send a different message depending on which location you attend.”These improvements will be taking place in the near future.“We want to get it all done, but we want to do it right, so it’s not going to be an overnight change,” Cole said. “Ideally, I would want to see changes happen no later than the beginning of the next Bar year.” October 1, 2006 Regular News
FBBE asks for $1,000 application fee in association with the proposed Military Spouse Rule FBBE asks for $1,000 application fee in association with the proposed Military Spouse Rule The Florida Board of Bar Examiners has submitted to the Florida Supreme Court a petition to amend the Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Bar. The proposed new rule adds a $1,000 application fee for military spouses and are contingent on the court’s approval of the amendments proposed by the The Florida Bar in In re: Amendments to the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar – Chapter 21 Military Spouse Authorization to Engage in the Practice of Law in Florida, Case No. SC17-156. The court invites all interested persons to comment on the proposed amendments, which are reproduced in full below, as well as online at www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/proposed.shtml. All comments must be filed with the court on or before April 17, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on Executive Director Michelle A Gavagni, Florida Board of Bar Examiners, 1891 Eider Court, Tallahassee 32399-1750, [email protected], and on General Counsel Robert G. Blythe, Florida Board of Bar Examiners, 1891 Eider Court, Tallahassee 32399-1750, [email protected], as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument, which may be scheduled in this case. The board has until May 8 to file a response to any comments filed with the court. If filed by an attorney in good standing with The Florida Bar, the comment must be electronically filed via the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal in accordance with In re Electronic Filing in the Supreme Court of Florida via the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC13-7 (Feb. 18, 2013). If filed by a nonlawyer or a lawyer not licensed to practice in Florida, the comment must be electronically filed via e-mail in accordance with In re Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC04-84 (Sept. 13, 2004). Electronically filed documents must be submitted in Microsoft Word 97 or higher. Any person unable to submit a comment electronically must mail or hand-deliver the originally signed comment to the Florida Supreme Court, Office of the Clerk, 500 South Duval Street, Tallahassee 32399-1927; no additional copies are required or will be accepted. IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA IN RE: AMENDMENTS TO THE RULES OF THE SUPREME COURT RELATING TO ADMISSIONS TO THE BAR, CASE NO. SC17-230 2-23.7 Military Spouse Fee. Applicants submitting an application under the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar for authorization to practice law in Florida as a military spouse while their spouse is stationed within this jurisdiction must file with the Bar Application the fee of $1,000. Military spouses applying for full admission to The Florida Bar and not relying on the rules regarding authorization to practice law in Florida as a military spouse under the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar will be required to pay the appropriate fee under rules 2-23.2 or 2-23.4, whichever is applicable. March 15, 2017 Regular News
MinnesotaâÄôs third competing boat was the first varsity four, which finished fourth of four teams Saturday. The boat finished second Sunday, but still lagged 25 seconds behind BU.âÄúThe four is starting to get better. WeâÄôre just so far behind,âÄù Davis said.With only a dual against Wisconsin remaining before the Big Ten championships, the Gophers have still spent more time on the water for meets than practice. The team spent three days on Lake Phalen before this weekendâÄôs meet, and Davis said more practice time at home will give her a chance to adjust the lineups and seating.âÄúWe havenâÄôt had a chance to do anything yet as far as looking at personnel and who should sit where,âÄù Davis said. âÄúIâÄôm looking forward to trying different combinations and actually training.âÄùThe Gophers have a weekend off before facing the Badgers May 1 in Madison.âÄúWe just have to come back and put in a solid two weeks of work,âÄù Davis said. Second varsity eight wins twice in blustery Boston Josh KatzensteinApril 18, 2011Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesotaâÄôs second varsity eight rowing boat had an impressive weekend, fighting off tough weather and strong competition to win both its heats at the Charles River Challenge in Boston.The GophersâÄô second-best boat held off Radcliffe by half a second Saturday, with Dartmouth and Syracuse taking third and fourth. On Sunday, the same group again won the B heat, finishing 10 seconds ahead of second-place Louisville.âÄúThe 2V is doing an incredible job,âÄù said Molly Kalmoe, whose first varsity eight finished third Saturday and second Sunday. âÄúTheyâÄôre setting a really good example for the team, and hopefully we can follow their lead.âÄùAll teams had to deal with tough weather conditions, namely 20-plus mphwinds on the river Saturday. Head coach Wendy Davis said she was surprised the first varsity eight didnâÄôt capsize on the first day of the meet.âÄúWe got to row in some pretty incredible conditions. IâÄôve never seen anything like it,âÄù Kalmoe said. âÄúI think it let us kind of test ourselves in those waters as well as against these crews that we donâÄôt regularly see.âÄùThe top boat finished nearly 14 seconds behind first-place Dartmouth and 6 seconds behind Radcliffe. The group came in second in SundayâÄôs heat, but struggled to keep pace with Louisville during the final stretch of the race.âÄúWe kind of imploded,âÄù Davis said of the teamâÄôs final sprint, which left the Gophers 6 seconds behind the Cardinals but still ahead of Syracuse and Boston University. âÄúWe were right there until the 250 meters.âÄù
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