Rowing Continues Fall at Head of the Rock

Oct. 10, 2012

Head of the Rock Release

THIS WEEK: The University of Iowa women’s rowing team continues the fall season at the Head of the Rock. Iowa will begin competition at 8:00 a.m.

THE RACE: In Sunday’s regatta, hosted by the YMCA of the Rock River Valley, rowers will race down the Rock River’s 2.75-mile stretch, starting at Martin Park and ending at the YMCA Log Lodge. The Hawkeyes will race three boats in the Varsity 8’s, four boats in the Varsity 4’s, and three boats in the Novice 8’s.

EVENT INFORMATION: The event will take place on the banks for the Rock River and over 1,700 rowers from throughout the United State will gather in Rockford.

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LAST EVENT: The University of Iowa women’s rowing team opened the 2012 fall season on Saturday, September 29th, at the Head of the Des Moines. The event, held on a 5.05 kilometer stretch of the Des Moines River, was the first regatta for Iowa under new head coach Steve Pritzker.

Iowa opened the regatta with three boats in the collegiate 8 race. The Hawkeye A boat came in first place with a time of 16:58.92.

Iowa’s Nina Hendriks participated next in the collegiate single, finishing first in 23:15.56.

The Hawkeyes had three boats in the collegiate pair as Iowa would take the top three spots, with the A boat of Erin Czupil and Laura Hallman finishing first in a time of 20:18.27.

Iowa’s novice roster hit the water for the first time, entering three boats in the collegiate novice 8’s. Iowa’s A boat, led by Katie Brown, finished first with a time of 19:15.24.

The final race of the day for Iowa was the collegiate 4’s. Iowa’s best finish was first place (18:49.51).

NEW HAWKEYE IN CHARGE: Steve Pritzker is in his first season as head coach of the University of Iowa women’s rowing program. Pritzker, who is only the second head coach in program history, comes to Iowa after a successful career at the University of Virginia.

While at Virginia, Pritzker won two NCAA championships as associate head coach (2010, 2012), along with two runner-up finishes (2005, 2007). Virginia won eight ACC titles in his nine years with the program.

Pritzker was named the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2010.

Pritzker was a four-year letterwinner at Yale University and earned his master’s degree from Virginia.

HEAD OF THE IOWA COMING UP: The UI women’s rowing team will host the annual Head of the Iowa on Oct. 28. The Head of the Iowa will be hosted at Lower City Park and the Beckwith Boathouse.

Additional information, including race schedules, competing teams and other event information will be released at a later date.

QUOTING COACH PRITZKER: “While we certainly know the spring season is the priority for our team, we are looking forward to having some variety in our competition,” said Pritzker. “We look forward to seeing a number of schools that historically have been competitive at the national level. We will use this as an initial benchmark for the team after the first few weeks of development.”