Hawkeyes Compete On The Charles River

Oct. 23, 2005

BOSTON, MA — The Iowa rowers competed today at the Head of the Charles Regatta. The Hawkeyes had one boat in competition.

Iowa’s boat raced in the women’s championship 8+ against several East coast teams, as well as Big Ten teams Michigan and Minnesota. The Hawkeyes finished 17th with a time of 17:49, making them 14th place among the collegiate squads.

Junior Lori Rehel, senior Lydia McGee, junior Carolyn O’Meara, junior Jessie Reid, freshman Melissa Wordelman, sophomore Brittany Keyes, freshman Laura Kanaris, freshman Kristin Kelly and freshman Kat Davy-Traynor participated in Iowa’s boat.

“We had a solid performance overall,” said Head Coach Mandi Kowal. “We had a good race with good rhythm. We’re very happy to improve on our performance from last year. It’s a great way to come home.”

Kowal was especially excited about coxswain Lori Rehel’s performance. Rehel steered the Iowa boat through many difficult turns on the Charles River.

“Her steering was amazing,” said Kowal. “Lori steered the corner second-best out of all the teams that I saw compete today. This is the best she’s ever done.”

The Hawkeyes will be on the water again next weekend when they host the Head of the Iowa Regatta on October 30.

Women’s Championship 8+
1. US Rowing- Princeton Training Ctr. 16:34
2. Princeton University 16:50
3. London Training Center 16:56
7. University of Michigan 17:25
14. University of Minnesota 17:36
17. University of Iowa 17:49