Hawkeyes Begin Spring Season in Clemson

March 19, 2014

Clemson Meet Release

THIS WEEK: The University of Iowa women’s rowing team will compete in Clemson, S.C. against Clemson, Duke, Kansas, Purdue and Buffalo on Saturday, March 22 at 8 a.m. (CT).

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can watch live streaming of the meet at http://www.clemsontigers.com//mediaPortal/player.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=28500&KEY=&id=1107838&catid=0.

THE RACE: The races will take place at Lake Hartwell, next to the Clemson Rowing Boathouse on the Clemson University campus. Lake Hartwell includes 56,000 acres of water, 962 miles of shoreline and a fully-bouyed, six-lane 2000 meter race course.

Last Event: The Hawkeyes hosted their annual Head of the Iowa on Oct. 27 at the P. Sue Beckwith Boathouse. The regatta featured both men’s and women’s teams from multiple schools, including Colorado, Colorado State, Creighton, Drake, Iowa, Iowa State, Marquette, Minnesota, Nebraska, Notre Dame, St. Olaf, and Wisconsin.

In the Women’s N8+, four Iowa boats finished in the top 10 as boat A took second place with a time of 15:52.326, boat B placed fourth with a time of 16:32.9, boat C finished sixth place with a time of 17:04.718, and boat D placed ninth with a 17:43.287 effort.

In the Women’s V4+, four Iowa boats placed in the top 10, as boat A took first place in 15:31.455. Boat B took fourth place with a time of 16:04.594, boat C finished fifth place in 16:08.393, and boat D placed ninth with a time of 17:02.157.

The Hawkeyes stayed strong in the Women’s N4+ as boat A took first place with a 17:54.923 effort and boat B took second place with a finish time of 18:31.566.

Iowa concluded the competition with the Women’s V8+. Boats A (14:16.446), B (14:27.366), and C (14:39.780) came in third, fourth, and fifth place, respectively.

P. SUE BECKWITH BOATHOUSE: The home of the University of Iowa women’s rowing team, the P. Sue Beckwith Boathouse, is located on the bank of the Iowa River in Iowa City’s Terrell Mill Park, near the Mayflower Residence Hall on North Dubuque Street, acoss the river from City Park. The building is named for UI alumna P. Sue Beckwith, M.D., a renowned surgeon in Des Moines, who made a $1 million leadership gift to the University of Iowa Foundation to support the campaign to build the boathouse. It is the first UI building named solely for a woman benefactor.

The $7.2 million boathouse, which was complete in September 2009, features a large ergonomics room that houses the team’s rowing machines, four large boat bays, a state-of-the-art rowing tank that features moving water at various training speeds, locker room and medical-training spaces, and a terrace and community room that can be used by university and community groups. It is also the home of the Iowa men’s club rowing team and the Old Capital Rowing Club.

NEW HAWKEYE IN CHARGE: Andrew Carter was named the third head coach of the University of Iowa rowing program in July 2013. This season marks his 12th year overall as a collegiate rowing coach. He previously spent time at the Univeristy of Miami (2009-13), Clemson University (2008-09), Bathes College in Lewiston, Maine (2000-08), the University of Southern California (1999-00), and Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (1996-99).

During his career, Carter has earned more than 50 championship medals, and over the last 12 years, he has coached seven All-Americans and 24 National Scholar-Athletes. He turned Miami into a nationally-ranked program, and led Clemson to its first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference title and NCAA Championship appearance.

Carter is a U.S. Rowing Level III Coach and a Rowing Canada Aviron Level IV Coach, as well as a National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Master Instructor and Master Coach Evaluator.

Carter earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology-biomechanics from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a master’s degree in kinesiology-biomechanics from the University of Western Ontario. He resides in Iowa City with his wife, Kim, and son, Mason.

QUOTING COACH CARTER: “I think everyone is looking forward to the opportunity to race at Clemson on Saturday. I think they understand that our winter has rendered each on-water stroke we get as precious and that it’s leading us toward great racing opponents like this weekend. Clemson and Duke went 2-3 in the ACC the last few years so there’s no doubt that we can expect really good speed from both of those teams. Kansas had one of their best fall seasons this year so they’re going to give us a really hard look at what’s coming in the Big 12. Buffalo and Purdue have definitely shown that they can be really tough programs so, really, we’re going to have to be aware of all five of the other lanes.

“I think the high quality of this early look is important for the continuing evolution of this program. These student-athletes have trained very hard and they need to learn to take that onto the water and race with top-flight crews. They need to put themselves out there and the crews this weekend are just that kind of challenge.”

WATSON FEATURED: Junior Gabrielle Watson has been featured as one of 24 Hawkeyes to Watch. The feature highlights one athlete from each of the 24 intercollegiate sports at the University of Iowa. Fans can read Watson’s story and watch her interview at http://www.hawkeyesports.com/sports/w-rowing/spec-rel/031914aac.html.

UP NEXT: The Hawkeyes will travel to San Diego to compete at the 41st annual San Diego Crew Classic April 5-6.