April 14, 2008
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The University of Iowa women’s rowing team travels to Columbus, OH, to compete in the Double Duals against host Ohio State and Indiana. The races will take place at Griggs Reservoir on the Scioto River, located four miles west of the Ohio State campus on Fishinger Road and Riverside Drive. Competetion is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday April 19. The river has an area of 8,000 meters in length and 230 meters in width. The teams will race in dual matches.
The Hawkeyes once again recieved votes in the latest Row2k coaches collegiate poll, released on April 9. Weekend opponent Ohio State is ranked No. 11, with California currently holding the No. 1 spot. Big Ten opponents Michigan State, Minnesota, and Michigan are ranked seventh, 14th, and 15th respectively.
GEORGE WASHINGTON INVITATIONAL:
The University of Iowa women’s rowing team won the Howard W. Wilkins Bowl for having the highest women’s point total (108) in the George Washington Invitational Saturday. Navy finished second in the women’s races with 95 points, Saint Joseph placed third with 57 points, with George Washington, George Mason, Georgetown California and MIT placing respectively. The Hawkeyes posted two wins, against Navy and George Washington, during Friday’s competition. Iowa placed first in the N8+ with a final time of 6:58.8 over Navy. Varsity came out strong again, posting a big victory against George Washington in the V8+, with a time of 6:43.9. Iowa came close in the 2V8+, falling to Navy with a time of 7:02.6. Iowa finished day two of competition strong, with both the N8+ and V8+ going undefeated overall.
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 have been fortunate to have great racing opportunities this spring and this upcoming weekend should be not different. We are excited to race our Big Ten opponents. This will be our final racing weekend prior to the Big Ten Championships so it is imperative that we make the best of it.”
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