Iowa Travels to George Washington Invitational

April 7, 2008


THIS WEEK: The University of Iowa women’s rowing team will travel to Washington, D.C. to take part in the George Washington Invitational. The 2,000 meter course takes teams down the historical Potomac River.

MINNESOTA: Iowa competed in a scrimmage against No. 12 Minnesota April 6. The Hawkeyes raced in four V8+, 2V8+, V4+, N8+ and 2N8+ 600 meter duels. The novice boats raced well against Minnesota, posting three wins in the N8+, and sweeping the 2N8+ races. Varsity had a strong showing against the ranked opponent, tying Minnesota in a V8+ race and keeping the final margins under 4.5 seconds in each of the other three races.

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: “The team is very motivated to attack this week as we prepare for the GW Invite. We have pinpointed some area’s that need attention and will focus on those for the next 4 days before we race Friday afternoon. As coaches, we feel impressive energy from the group to continue to advance their rowing and this weekend will provide us a place to test these changes.”

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