April 6, 2011
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Iowa will compete against Big Ten Rivals Indiana and Ohio State Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. The Hawkeyes will race two boats in the novice 8’s, varsity 4’s and varsity 8’s.
The competition will take place on a stretch of the Scioto River at Griggs Reservoir. Iowa will face Indiana during the morning session and take on Ohio State in the afternoon session. Morning races will begin at approximately 9 a.m. ( ET) and afternoon races at 1 p.m. (ET).
The University of Iowa’s rowing team last competed at the San Diego Crew Classic April 2-3. The Hawkeyes advanced two varsity 8 boats to petite finals and a varsity 4 boat to the grand final.
Iowa faced ranked opponents California (3), Stanford (4), USC (9), UCLA (11) and Washington State (13) at the event.
The 2V8 boat recorded a second-place finish with a time of 6:58.13, while the 1V8 finished third in its petite final with a time of 6:46.77. Iowa’s varsity 4 boat earned a sixth-place finish in the grand final with a time of 7:59.06.
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.
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.
QUOTING Mandi Kowal:
“We are fortunate to have another weekend of racing to advance our crews. The competition will be touch, which does a world of good for all involved. We look foward to an exciting weekend of racing.”