Hawkeyes Look to Contend at Clemson

April 15, 2014

Invite Release

THIS WEEK: The University of Iowa women’s rowing will compete at the Clemson Invitational, April 19-20, in Clemson, S.C. The invite includes three sessions. Sessions one and two will begin at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. (CT), respectively on Saturday. Session three begins at 7 a.m. (CT) Sunday.

FOLLOW ALONG: For live results, fans can follow along at clemsontigers.com. Results will also be tweeted from @ClemsonRowing for each session. A link to the live stream of the event can be found on the rowing schedule page at hawkeyesport.com.

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

QUOTING COACH CARTER: “We’re looking forward to one of the best collegiate regattas of the year in Clemson. There will be 21 teams competing and 8-10 of them are in the top 20 so the standard will be excellent. Our crews are putting in a tough week and we’re looking for a good bounce-back showing at the end of it.”

IN THE RANKINGS: Three Big Ten teams, — Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin — are currently ranked in the top 20 of the CRCA/US Rowing Coaches Poll. Defending NCAA Champion Ohio State is ranked second in the nation, while Michigan and Wisconsin are ranked ninth and 16th, respectively. Other Big Ten teams receiving votes include: Michigan State (10), Iowa (6) and Minnesota (1).

Last Event: The Hawkeyes hosted their first regatta of the spring season against No. 2 Ohio State, No. 17 Louisville, and Indiana on April 12 at Lake MacBride in Solon, Iowa. Iowa’s 1V8+ boat finished fourth in 6:54.00 as Louisville took third in 6:45.40. Ohio State won the race with a time of 6:33.70, while Louisville came in second in 6:38.60. Iowa’s 2V8+ boat came in fourth with a time of 6:59.00. Louisville finished third with a time of 6:58.00. Ohio State took first in 6:42.20 and Indiana finished runner-up in 6:49.70. The Buckeyes 1V4+ boat stayed on the winning track as it finished in 7:28.80. Louisville finished second, five seconds behind (7:34.20), Indiana came in third (7:36.70), and Iowa finished fourth in 7:41.40. In the 2V4+ race, Iowa came in third with a time of 8:09.20, 15 seconds ahead of fourth place Indiana (8:24.70). Ohio State finished first in 7:55.20, while Louisville took second in 8:05.90. The Hawkeye 1N8+ boat finished fourth, nine seconds behind Indiana (7:16.20), in 7:25.90. Ohio State continued its dominance as they came in first in 7:13.00, one and a half seconds ahead of second place Louisville (7:14.50). Ohio State’s 3V4+ boat came in first in 8:03.50, while Louisville finished runner-up in 8:18.60. Iowa finished 21 seconds behind in 8:29.70 for third place. The meet concluded as Iowa’s 2N8+ boat finished second, the team’s best finish of the regatta, five seconds behind Ohio State (7:38.70) in 7:43.30.

WEEK ONE: At Clemson on March 22, the Hawkeyes finished ahead of No. 20 Duke in two of three NCAA events. The UI finished runner-up in 2V8+ with a time of 6:56.42 after being edged out by No. 18 Clemson (6.56.00) by less than one second. The 1V4+ event was also a tight race. The Tigers won the event (7:37.80) and the Hawkeyes finished second (7.38.70). Iowa also placed second in the 1N/3V8+ with a time of 7:18.02 and third in 1V8+ with a 6:55.18 effort in its season-opener.

WEEK TWO: The Hawkeyes competed at the 41st annual San Diego Crew Classic, April 5-6. On Saturday, Iowa’s 1V4+ boat posted a season-best time of 7:35.63 as it placed third in Group B of its respective race. The Hawkeye’s 2V8+ boat also recorded a season-best time as they finished third in their race in 6:50.56. In Group B of the Women’s Collegiate Cal. Cup, the Hawkeye’s 1V8+ boat took the runner-up spot with a time of 7:02.40. On Sunday, Iowa’s 2V8+ boat showed a strong performance, finishing runner-up in the 2V8+ petite finals (6:53.38). In the final of the Collegiate Cal. Cup, the Hawkeyes 1V8+ boat finished fifth in 7:04.38. The Hawkeye’s struggled to crack the top-five in the 1V4+ final for the Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup and Iowa placed sixth with a time of 7:56.63.

2V4+ EARNS WEEKLY HONOR: Iowa’s 2V4+ boat was honored as the Big Ten Boat of the Week on March 25 after winning is race at Clemson. Junior Rachel Crosley, freshman Kasia 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. It is Iowa’s first Big Ten Boat of the Week honor since April 15, 2008.

WATSON FEATURED: Junior Gabrielle Watson has been featured as one of 24 Hawkeyes to Watch. The feature highlights one student-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.

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.

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.

LAKE MACBRIDE: The location for both Iowa home regattas this season, Lake MacBride includes 812 acres of water for boating and other recreational activities. The lake area also offers four picnic shelters for fans to enjoy races.

UP NEXT: The Hawkeyes host the Minnesota Golden Gophers in their second home regatta of the season on Saturday, April 26 at 8 a.m. (CT).