Hawkeyes to Kick Off 2011 Spring Season

March 16, 2011

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THIS WEEK: Iowa will kick off the spring racing season at the Longhorn Invitational, hosted by the University of Texas. The Hawkeyes will face the University of Oklahoma, San Diego, Kansas State and Texas. The Hawkeyes will be racing varsity 8’s, varsity 4’s, novice 4’s and novice 8’s in all four sessions.

THE RACE: The competition will take place on Ladybird Lake in Austin, TX. Iowa will race Oklahoma Friday at 5:20 p.m. Saturday, Iowa will race the Texas Longhorns beginning at 8:00 a.m., and take on San Diego at 4:00 p.m. Racing concludes Sunday when the Hawkeyes meet Kansas State, beginning at 9:45 a.m.

Iowa is taking full advantage of their spring break by training in Austin twice a day.

LIVE RESULTS: Live results throughout the invitational can be accessed by visiting austinrowing.org/liveresults/.

LAST EVENT: The University of Iowa’s rowing team finished the fall season on Halloween when it hosted the Head of the Iowa. The Hawkeyes raced in front of their home crowd down a 2.5-mile stretch of the Iowa River. Iowa competed in the varsity 8’s, varsity 4’s and women’s pairs. The Hawkeyes raced Wisconsin, Creighton, Drake and other schools.

After the conclusion of the fall season, the team has spent much of the winter working on strength and technical skills. The Hawkeyes have a challenging race schedule, facing many ranked teams. Competing against strong teams will help the Hawkeyes prepare for the Big Ten Championships and the NCAA qualifier.

HOME OF THE HAWKEYES: The P. Sue Beckwith, M.D., Boathouse was dedicated September 18, 2009. The 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.