Hawkeyes Travel to Boston

Oct. 13, 2003

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THIS WEEK: The University of Iowa rowing team will travel to Boston, MA, Saturday and Sunday for the 39th annual Head of the Charles Regatta. The Regatta, which is the world’s largest two-day rowing event, is held on the Charles River. Racing is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday.

THE COMPETITION: The Hawkeyes will be competing against several strong teams, including Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Brown, Princeton and Stanford.

LAST WEEK: The Hawkeyes performed well at the Head of the Rock Regatta in Rockford, IL. The Iowa A boat took third place in the Varsity 8+ with a time of 16:35. The varsity pair of Megan Manijak and Nikki Stob placed second in the Varsity 2- with a time of 19:41.

HEAD COACH: Mandi Kowal is in her tenth year as head coach of the Hawkeyes. Her most recent accomplishments include leading Iowa to the NCAA Championship meet three of the past seven years. Kowal was a two-time rowing World Champion in the Women’s Lightweight Four without coxswain in 1986 and 1987. She was named “Female Athlete of the Year” in 1987 by the US Rowing Association and was inducted into the United States Rowing Hall of Fame in 1997.

ASSISTANT COACHES: Wendy Wisehart is in her sixth season as assistant coach for the Hawkeyes, while Laura Macfarlane is in her second year with the Hawkeyes. Wisehart is responsible for the Novice squad and is the Recruiting Coordinator for the program. Before returning to Iowa, Wisehart served as the head rowing coach at New York University (1996-1998). A former Hawkeye rower, Wisehart was a member of the 1992 Iowa Lightweight Four National Championship team. Before coming to Iowa, Macfarlane was the novice coach at Wisconsin (2001-2002) and an assistant rowing coach at Sacramento State (2000-2001). As a former Wisconsin rower, Macfarlane won three Midwest Rowing Championship titles, an IRA title and medalled twice at the Eastern Sprints in 1996 and 1997.

NEXT COMPETITION: The Hawkeyes will take to the water again on October 26 when they host the Head of the Iowa Regatta in Iowa City, IA.