Hawkeyes Head for Head of the Charles

Oct. 18, 2004

IOWA CITY – THIS WEEK: The University of Iowa rowing team will travel to Boston, MA, this weekend to compete in the 40th annual Head of the Charles Regatta. The two-day event will start Saturday morning and conclude late Sunday afternoon.

THE HEAD OF THE CHARLES: The Head of the Charles is billed as the World’s Largest Two-Day Rowing Event and features over 7,000 competitors from over 500 colleges and clubs. Every year, over 300,000 people watch as the event winds through downtown Boston. Now in its 40th year, the first Head of the Charles was held on October 16, 1965. In 1997, it expanded to a two day event and now boasts 24 different races.

RESULTS AND INFORMATION: Hawkeye rowing fans can find up-to-date results and information on the Head of the Charles at its web site www.hocr.org.

LAST TIME OUT: The University of Iowa rowing team competed at the Head of the Rock regatta last weekend in Moline, IL.

The highest Hawkeye finish was in the Open Pairs, where the Iowa A boat placed third with at time of 18:30.28. The Hawkeyes also took places 5-8 in the race with times of 18:42.57 (Iowa B), 19:00.53 (Iowa C), 19:04.65 (Iowa D) and 19:51.43 (Iowa E).

In the Open Women’s 8, the Iowa A took ninth place with a time of 16:30.71, while the Iowa A boat took 14th in the Novice Women’s 8. In the Open 4+, Iowa took 16th with a time of 18:53.32.

HEAD COACH: Mandi Kowal is in her 11th 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.

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