Rowing Travels To San Diego This Weekend

April 4, 2013

THIS WEEK: The University of Iowa women’s rowing team continues its spring season at the San Diego Crew Classic, Saturday and Sunday, April 6th-7th.

THE RACE: Located at Crown Point Shores on Mission Bay, the races begin near Sea World and the Ingraham Street bridge, head North along Mission Bay for 2000 meters and finish at Crown Points Shores. Races will begin at 9:20 a.m. (CT) on Saturday.

EVENT INFORMATION: Regarded as the first major regatta of the year, the San Diego Crew Classic brings together thousands of athletes from more than 100 universities, clubs and high school programs from across the United States. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the San Diego Crew Classic.

Last Event: The University of Iowa women’s rowing team continued its spring competition in East Lansing, Mich. against Michigan State, Notre Dame, and Michigan. The meet was held on the Grand River in East Lansing on March 30. The Hawkeyes started out the meet in the Novice 8, placing second (7:31.1) behind the Notre Dame boat A (7:26.00) and in front of Notre Dame boat B (7:47.9). In the 3V4, Iowa came in third place with a time of 8:44.95 behind Notre Dame (8:14.60) and Michigan (7:46.65). The Hawkeyes lone vicory came against Notre Dame in the 2V4 with a time of 8:18.7, with the Irish coming in with a time of 8:23.3. In the V4, Iowa came in second place behind Notre Dame with a time of 8:18.5. In the 2V8, the Hawkeyes came in second to Notre Dame with a time of 7:10.85 Iowa placed second with a time of 7:19.7 in the Varsity 8 and Notre Dame came in first with a time of 6:55.1. Iowa placed third in the Novice 8 against Michigan, finishing behind two Wolverine boats in 7:36.43. Next up was the 3V4 against Michigan and Notre Dame, with Iowa placing third in 9:06.6. The Wolverines topped Iowa in the 2V4, as the Hawkeyes crossed the line in 8:38.24. Action continued in the Varsity 4 against Michigan, with Iowa finishing behind the Wolverines in 8:32.04. Michigan topped Iowa in the final two races, as the Hawkeyes finished second in the 2V8 (7:15.85) and the V8 (7:30.41).

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: “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.”