April 3, 2006
THIS WEEK: The University of Iowa rowing team will travel to the University of Washington campus in Seattle. They will race crews from Washington, Washington State and Oregon State on Saturday. Races are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. (CST) on the Montlake Cut course of Lake Washington.
WASHINGTON CREW: The University of Washington Huskies recently hosted the Husky Invitational. Washington took home first-place finishes in the novice four, varstiy four, novice eight and varsity eight races.
WASHINGTON STATE CREW: The Washington State Cougars competed in the San Diego Crew Classic last weekend. They finished second in the second varsity eight race and third in the first varsity eight race.
OREGON STATE CREW: Oregon State University also competed in the San Diego Crew Classic. They finished fourth in the novice eight race.
RANKINGS: Washington’s varsity eight boat is ranked 10th in the latest Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing poll. Washington State is ranked 11th and Oregon State’s boat is 16th. Iowa’s boat received one vote in the poll.
LAST TIME OUT: The Hawkeyes hosted competition from Creighton, Minnesota and Wisconsin last Saturday at Lake MacBride. Iowa finished second in the third novice four, second varsity eight and first varsity eight races. The Hawkeyes finished fourth in the first and second novice eight races.
HEAD COACH: Mandi Kowal is in her 12th year as head coach of the Hawkeyes. In the 1997 and 1998 NCAA Rowing Championships, she coached the Varsity 4+ teams to fourth and eighth-places finishes, respectively. Kowal began her rowing career at the University of Wisconsin in 1981. She was a two-time rowing World Champion in the Women’s Lightweight 4- (1986-1987). 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.
QUOTING COACH KOWAL: “The team has worked hard to earn this trip to Seattle. They have rowed more meters than any past Hawkeye team and we hope to use that hard work in order to race well. Our race against these strong crews will provide useful information on where we are and where we need to go in the future.”