Sept. 24, 2014
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa rowing team begins its fall season at the 2014 Head of the Des Moines Regatta on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.
“It’s always exciting to open up a new campaign and this year is no exception. We’re very fortunate to have The Head of the Des Moines Regatta right here in our home state and just down the road,” head coach Andrew Carter said. “It’s a great way to get the year’s racing started.”
This year marks the 31st anniversary of the Head of the Des Moines, making the event one of the oldest continuous regattas in the Midwest.
In Saturday’s regatta, rowers will race down a 3-mile stretch of the Des Moines River. The Hawkeyes will have boats racing in the Collegiate Women’s 8+ at 10:25 a.m. (CT), Collegiate Women’s 4+ at 1:05 p.m., and the Collegiate Novice Women 8+ at 2:05 p.m.
“We have the vast majority of our roster back this year and have added a good group of freshmen, who’ve been swinging right in there,” Carter said. “The entire group has been training quite well in the first few weeks and it’s been paying off. Fitness has been improving every day and our focus on small boat training in pairs and singles should pay dividends come the spring.
“Racing in Des Moines will be our first look in the big boats so I’m looking forward to seeing the crews in action.”
The Hawkeyes will remain on the road for a scrimmage against Big Ten Conference foe Indiana on Oct. 4.