Rowing Continues Spring in East Lansing

March 28, 2013

THIS WEEK: The University of Iowa women’s rowing team will continue its spring season in East Lansing, Mich. where the Hawkeyes will compete against Michigan State and Notre Dame on Saturday March 30.

THE RACE: The race will take place on the Grand River in East Lasing. Saturday will be an all day competition.

LAST EVENT: The University of Iowa women’s rowing team traveled over spring break to Austin, Texas to compete in the Longhorn Intitational (March 22-24). Other schools that participated included the University of Central Florida, Southern Methodist University, Kansas State University, University of San Diego, and host school, University of Texas.

Central Florida opened the competition with a win over Iowa in the Novice 8. The Knights came in with a time of 7:25.25 and Iowa finished second in 7:29.3.

The Hawkeyes picked up their first win in the Varsity 4, as the Hawkeyes finished ahead of Central Florida in 7:58.0. The Knights crossed the line in 8:13.2. The 2V8 kept things going with a win in 7:09.6, ahead of Central Florida’s 7:17.1

Iowa finished the day with a win over Central Florida in the Varsity 8, coming in with a time of 7:01.9. The Knights finished in 7:09.01.

The Iowa Novice 8 boat came in second against Kansas State to start the morning competition on the 23rd. Kansas State finished in 6:47.4 while Iowa finished with a time of 7:15.2.

The Hawkeyes began competition against Southern Methodist in the Varsity 4, with Iowa claiming a win in 7:53.9. SMU crossed the line in 8:59.4.

Iowa swept the next two races against SMU, claiming wins in the second Varsity 8 and the Varsity 8. Iowa’s 2V8 finished in 6:53.4 and the V8 brought home a time of 6:48.4.

Iowa and Texas competed in five races during the afternoon session. The Longhorns took the Novice 8 race, with Iowa finishing second in 7:27.4.

The Longhorns managed wins in the 2V4 (7:51.9) and the V4 (7:42.9). Iowa recorded times of 8:12.0 and 7:55.1, respectively.

Competition concluded with the 2V8 and the V8, with Texas taking first in both events. Iowa came in second in the 2V8 with a time of 7:08.9 and the V8 in 6:58.4.

Action started on the 24th in the Novice 8, with San Diego taking first place in 7:03.2. Iowa finished second with a time of 7:22.8.

Next up was the Varsity 4, with Iowa finishing second in 7:45.2. Competition continuedwith the 2V8 and Iowa finished behind San Diego in 7:00.7. The final race of the day was the Varsity 8. San Diego took first in 6:29.2, with Iowa in second at 6:47.6.

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.

QUOTING COACH PRITZKER: “We are looking forward to traveling to Michigan State to race Notre Dame and Michigan State. Both of our opponents are ranked and highly respected and we look forward to the challenge that this weekend provides.”