Hawkeyes Head To Longhorn Invitational

March 18, 2008

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THIS WEEK: The University of Iowa women’s rowing team will travel to Austin, TX this weekend to compete in the Longhorn Invitational, hosted by the Universtiy of Texas. Races will begin Friday at approximately 4:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday races commence at approximatley 6:30 p.m., and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. For more information on the Longhorn Invitational, visit www.TexasSports.com.

THE RACE: The Longhorm Invitational is a 2,000 meter dual-style race on Town Lake. Rowers will compete in head-to-head races. Rowing fans can watch the races from underneath the Mopac footbridge on the banks of the river. Parking for visitors will be available on Veterans Street. The Hawkeyes will have numerous boats compete in V8, 2V8, V4, N8, 2N8 V8, 2V8, V4, and 2V4 events throughout the weekend.

HEAD OF THE CHARLES: Iowa competed in two different events at their last competition, the Head of the Charles, including the club eights and the championship eights. The Hawkeyes placed sixth, out of 52 entries, in the club eight race, just after Villanova University, with a time of 17.38.597. During the second day of competition, Iowa placed 22nd in the championship eights with a time of 17.19.091.

HEAD COACH: Mandi Kowal is in her 14th 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: “We look to improve on last years performances in the upcoming races and have a week to get more comfortable in our lineups. Our winter training and technical work in Florida, this past January, have put us in a much better position than last November. The athletes are happy to be back in the boats and we will do what ever possible to be race ready by the weekend.”

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