March 31, 2008
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THIS WEEK: The University of Iowa women’s rowing team will travel to Minneapolis, MN to compete against Minnesota Sunday. The duel meet was originally scheduled to be hosted by Iowa, but was rescheduled due to weather conditions. The two teams will compete in a number of scrimmages beginning at 9 a.m. on the Mississippi River near the Minnesota Boathouse. The boathouse is located in East River Flats Park on the West Bank campus.
LONGHORN INVITATIONAL: In the three day event, the Hawkeyes posted eight wins in five different events. Iowa didn’t fare well in day one, but came back strong in day two with four wins, including a memorable one against Central Florida in the V8+ race. Other Varsity wins included the V4+ over Duke in a time of 8:19.0, and the V8+, again, over Duke in a time of 7:05.1. Iowa’s 2N8+ boat also had a win over Kansas State with a time of 7:21.3. Iowa earned four wins in day three, including a sweep of Kansas State in the 2N8+, N8+, 2V8+ and V8+.
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: “Even though we are disappointed to cancel our regatta because of ice, we are grateful for the chance to head up to Minneapolis and scrimmage on the Mississippi. The coaches and administrators of both schools worked quickly and cooperatively to come up with this option. I know all student-athletes will enjoy the opportunity to race against each other.”
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