Hawkeyes Head West to Compete in San Diego Crew Classic

April 1, 2014

San Diego Crew Classic Release

THIS WEEK: The University of Iowa women’s rowing team will travel to San Diego to compete in the San Diego Crew Classic, April 5-6.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can find more information on the event at www.crewclassic.org. A live streaming, schedule of races and Twitter information are available. Live streaming is available HERE.

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 2,000 meters and finish at Crown Points Shores. Races will begin at 9:20 a.m. (CT) on Saturday. Around 4,400 athletes from more than 125 universities, clubs and high schools from the United States will race against each other in several divisions.

Last Event: The Hawkeyes competed against Clemson, Buffalo, Duke, Kansas and Purdue on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, S.C. on Saturday, March 22. Iowa placed in the top-three in five of six races. The 2V4+ boat finished first with a time of 7:40.60 — the Hawkeyes’ lone victory of the day. In the first event of the competition, the 1N+ placed second with a time of 7:18.00 behind Duke, who won in race with a time of 7:16.70. The Hawkeyes finished third in the 1V8+ in 6:55.18, six seconds behind Duke and 13 seconds behind Clemson. The 2V8+ boat took the runner-up spot in their race with a finishing time of 6:56.42 behind Clemson. Iowa ended the meet with a runner-up finish in the 1V4+ behind Clemson with a time of 7:38.70.

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, across 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 completed 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 can move 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 University of Miami (2009-13), Clemson University (2008-09), Bathes College in Lewiston, Maine (2000-08), 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: “It’s a traditional, spring season opening regatta where a lot of people congregate. Obviously, there’s great weather. “The expectations for our program are to not even look at the competition, but to improve on a couple of key positions that we’ve focused in on the last couple of weeks, we will be making some personnel decisions where people are going to sit and get a lot of top-end speed out of our crews. Hopefully just measuring ourselves against ourselves, we’ll see some improvement in results and get after the competition.”

2V4+ EARNS WEEKLY HONOR: Iowa’s 2V4+ boat was honored at the Big Ten Boat of the Week on March 25. It was selected after winning is race at Clemson. Junior Rachel Crosley, freshman Kasie Gniatczyk, freshman Bec Clayton, sophomore Skylar McSorley and sophomore coxswain Rachel Chambers competed for Iowa in the 2V4+ boat. The group placed first with a 7:40.600 effort, beating runner-up Kansas by nearly 12 seconds (7:52.500). Duke (7:56.570), Clemson A (7:57.660) and Clemson B (8:39.440) rounded out the event placing third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

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 student-athlete’s stories and watch their interviews at hawkeyesports.com.

UP NEXT: The Hawkeyes host their first meet of the season as they will race against crews from Ohio State, Indiana and Louisville at Lake MacBride in Solon, Iowa on Saturday, April 12, in an all-day event.