June 4, 2003
The University of Iowa women’s rowing team announced today the signingof nine additional prep athletes who will join the team this fall. Anna Battoe, Elizabeth Bauer,Amanda Hall, Emily Lewis, Carolyn O’Meara, Rachel Otto, Lori Rehel, Lydia Sursely andLesley Weston will be student-athletes in the Hawkeyes’ class of 2007.
“I’m very excited about this class. Coach Wisehart did anexcellent job securing a class loaded with talent, and it’s by far the strongest recruiting class we’vehad at Iowa.”
Mandi Kowal, UI Head Coach
“I’m very excited about this class,” said Head Coach Mandi Kowal. “Coach Wisehart did anexcellent job securing a class loaded with talent, and it’s by far the strongest recruiting class we’vehad at Iowa.”
Anna Battoe hails from Gainesville, FL, and attended Eastside High School. She was afour-year rower with the Gainesville Rowing Club where she also served as captain the past twoseasons.
Elizabeth Bauer is a transfer student from University of Saskatchewan. The native ofSaskatoon, Saskatchewan, rowed for Saskatoon Rowing Club, the Saskatchewan junior provincialteam in 1999 and 2000, and competed at the most recent Canada Games. Before rowing, Bauer wasa competitive swimmer for six years.
Amanda Hall is a transfer student from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and will jointhe Hawkeyes as a first-year rower. The native of Lodi, WI, Hall participated on the cross-countryteam at Green Bay.
Emily Lewis, attended West High School in Iowa City and has coxed and coached with theOld Capital Rowing Club in Iowa City for over four years.
Carolyn O’Meara, a native of Brockville, Ontario, competed with the Brockville RowingClub for the past five years competing at Canadian Henley as well as winning a gold medal atEnglish Henley in 2002.
Rachel Otto attended Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, IL, competed with theChicago Rowing Center for the past three years and won several medals in regattas throughout theMidwest.
Lori Rehel attended Holy Cross Secondary School, rowed and coxed with her high schoolteam and St. Catharine’s Rowing Club. A native of St. Catharine’s, Ontario, she has racedlightweight and open weight and has won several medals in the United States and Canada.
Lydia Sursely hails from Rochester, MN, and attended John Marshall High School. Shebegan rowing just this past spring and earned a seat in the Varsity 8+ with the Rochester RowingClub.
Lesley Weston attended Caulfield Grammar in North Dandenong, Australia, rowed with herhigh school team and was selected to join the States Junior Rowing Development Squad in 2002.Prior to rowing, Weston was a thrower in track and field.
These nine athletes join Tiffin Duffy (Des Moines, IA) and Sophie Nielsen (Dalkeith,Western Australia) who signed with the Hawkeyes during the early signing period in November.
Iowa finished ninth in the team standings at the 2001 NCAA Women’s RowingChampionships. The Hawkeyes have competed in three out of seven of the NCAA Women’s RowingChampionships. This year Iowa’s Varsity 8+ finished the season ranked 19th in the country.