Iowa to Compete at Big Ten Championships

April 26, 2010

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Big Ten Rowing Championship Seeds in PDF Format

THIS WEEK: Iowa will travel to the Big Ten Championships Saturday. Michigan State is hosting the event at Lake Ovid, Sleepy Hollow State Park. The Hawkeyes will have two Varsity 8’s and Varsity 4 boats competing along with one Varsity 4 and Novice 8.

Along with Michigan State and Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Minnesota will be competing at the Big Ten Championships. The National rankings have Michigan State in seventh, Michigan in 10th ,Wisconsin11th and Ohio State in the 13th spot. All the other teams are receiving votes.

THE RACE: In Saturday’s event, rowers will race down a 2000m stretch of Lake Ovid. The first morning race is set to start at approximately 8 a.m. (C.T.) and the afternoon finals will start at approximately noon. An awards presentation will take place at approximately 4 p.m.

LAST EVENT: The University of Iowa’s rowing team last competed against Louisville and Big Ten rivals Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes hosted the three teams on a 2000m course on Lake Macbride in Solon, IA. Iowa did not race against Louisville but competed in the Novice 8’s, Varsity 4’s and two Varsity 8 boats against Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes beat Minnesota 45-43, but feLl to Wisconsin 52-26.

Iowa won three out of its eight races against Minnesota. One of the races was the Varsity 8, which counts for the most amount of points. The boat of Sheila Rinozzi, Emily Vison, Emily Katalinich, Jessica Novack, Caitlin Kuempel, Megan Erickson, Katy Kroll, Christine Allingham and Haylie Miller won the event with a time of 7:20.0. Minnesota’s boat came in with a time of 7:24.8.

New Home for the hawkeyes: The P. Sue Beckwith, M.D., Boathouse was dedicated September 18, 2009. The new state of the art facility for the Hawkeyes is located within the city of Iowa City’s Terrell Mill Park, next to the Iowa River.

It is an ideal site to fulfill all the needs of the rowing team. More efficient boat storage racks, an indoor rowing tank, and an erg room (for machine rowing) is incorporated in the building.

HEAD COACH: Mandi Kowal is in her 16th 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.