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April 4, 2012

The University of Iowa women’s rowing team will host Michigan, Michigan State and Louisville on Saturday. Iowa will race Michigan during the morning session and Michigan in the afternoon. Iowa will compete in the varsity 8’s, varsity 4’s and novice 8’s.

The competition will take place on Lake MacBride in Solon, Iowa.

MORNING SESSION Iowa vs. Michigan Michigan State vs. Louisville

2nd Novice 8 9:00 a.m.
Novice 8 9:10 a.m.
2nd Varsity 4 9:30 a.m.
Varsity 4 9:50 a.m.
2nd Varsity 8 10:10 a.m.
Varsity 8 10:30 a.m.

AFTERNOON SESSION Iowa vs. Michigan State Michigan vs. Louisville

2nd Novice 8 12:30 p.m.
Novice 8 12:40 p.m.
2nd Varsity 4 1:00 p.m.
Varsity 4 1:20 p.m.
2nd Varsity 8 1:40 p.m.
Varsity 8 2:00 p.m.

From I-80, take Coralville Exit #242 north onto 1st Avenue. Stay to the right at the roundabout and continue on 1st Avenue (becomes North Liberty Road) for 3.4 miles. Turn left on Dubuque Street to North Liberty, IA (1.6 miles). In North Liberty turn right on N. Front St. (F28). N. Front St. becomes Mehaffey Bridge Road; continue for 4.8 miles. Immediately after the causeway, turn right on Cottage Reserve Road and follow signs to the right to the boat ramp for 0.7 miles. From there follow the directions for parking.

Results can be found at hawkeyesports.com.

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Iowa competed at the San Diego Crew Classic on March 31 and April 1. The Varsity 8 crew raced in the `C’ heat of the event. The crew posted a second place finish with a time of 6:53.153 to advance to the grand final on Sunday. The team posted a time 7:22.37 in the women’s collegiate varsity grand final SeaWorld Cal Cup to place sixth overall in the event. Duke won the race with a time of 7:08.47.

The 2nd Varsity 8 crew placed fifth in a time of 7:02.59 in the `A’ heat of the event during the morning session. The crew’s time (7:02.59) advanced it to the third level final Saturday afternoon. Iowa went on to place first in the third level final with a time of 6:55.38. The Hawkeyes finished ahead of Gonzaga (6:56.50), Alabama (7:03.37), Kansas State (7:05.47), Duke (7:06.39) and USD (7:06.63).

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

Mandi Kowal is in her 18th 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.