April 27, 2011
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THIS WEEK: Iowa will wrap-up the regular season Saturday in New York at the East Coast Race. The Hawkeyes will face Duke and race two varsity 8’s and a varsity 4.
THE RACE: The competition will take place on a stretch of Cayuga Lake Inlet. The winners of the morning races will advance to the top race in the afternoon, while second place finishers in the morning will advance to a consolation race. Third place finishers in the morning races will not compete in the afternoon. Morning races will begin at approximately 8 a.m. ( CT) and afternoon races at 12:30 p.m. (CT).
LAST EVENT: The University of Iowa’s rowing team last competed against Big Ten rivals Indiana and Ohio State April 9. Iowa also race Louisville, Bucknell and Rhode Island. The Hawkeyes raced two boats in the novice 8’s, varsity 4’s and varsity 8’s.
The Hawkeyes 1V4 captured a first place finish against Indiana 7:39.9-to-7:52.7.
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) are 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.
QUOTING COACH KOWAL:“After a few weeks off from racing the team is excited to not only race but see teams from the East. This will be a great challenge and prove to be helpful in preparation for our conference championship.”