April 23, 2016
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BARABOO, Wisconsin — The University of Iowa rowing program traveled to Wisconsin to compete in the Big Ten/Big 12 Double Dual this weekend, facing Kansas, Wisconsin’s Lightweight, Minnesota, and Oklahoma crews.
The weather was sunny and warm with a brisk headwind that grew progressively stronger through the day. Temperatures were in the mid 60s.
The Hawkeyes opened racing against unranked Kansas and Wisconsin’s lightweight crews on Devil’s Lake, just south of the famous Wisconsin Dells. The Hawks contested all seven of the B1G Championship boat classes and posted six wins and one runner-up finish.
“The morning racing was good. For the most part, our crews were able to race comfortably and within themselves,” said third-year head coach Andrew Carter. “Most of our crews were able to establish solid margins in the early-to-mid stages so that put them in a lower-stress situation. That enabled them to focus on themselves and their execution.”
Both of the Novice 8+ events unfolded in similar fashion over the 2000m course. All crews in the field got off the line is good form with particularly strong challenges being mounted early by the lightweight Badgers. The Hawks’ Novice asserted themselves well before the first 500m mark, however, and never looked back. The 2N stretched their lead to over 29 seconds by the finish while the 1N crossed a full 18 seconds of their nearest challenger from Kansas.
The 3V opened the 4+ challenges with a race that looked much the same. The Jayhawks never went too far away in this one, though, keeping the margin under six seconds at the finish. The 2V4+ was the only race to be stolen by the Jayhawks, giving the Big 12 its only win of the morning session.
The Hawkeyes swept the NCAA boat classes during the morning session and did so in convincing fashion. The 1V4+ and 2V8+ cruised to wins of nearly 12 and 15 seconds respectively while the 1V8+ broke the 15-second barrier with a final margin of 15.11 seconds over runner-up Kansas.
After a nearly two-hour break, the Hawkeyes returned to the water for the afternoon set of racing against Oklahoma Minnesota Iowa posted six runner-up finishes but walked away with the 1V8+ win to end the day.
“This afternoon was not as good as the morning but still not a bad set of races,” said Carter. “I still think we need to improve our ability to race multiple times with consistency. Minnesota in particular did a nice job this afternoon and if you’re going to be anything less than your best, it can’t be against a Big Ten team that’s doing a nice job.”
Iowa finished second in the 2N8+, 3V4+, 1N8+, and 2V4+ races to get the afternoon slate started. In perhaps the closest race of the day, the 1N lead for the nearly the entire race but was pipped at the line by a storming Minnesota that arrived just 0.783 seconds before.
The Hawkeyes, facing growing head winds as the afternoon progressed, swept the NCAA events in their Big 12 matches with Oklahoma but fell to the B1G rival Minnesota the 1V4+ and 2V8+ races. The 1V8+ kept their slate clean on the day, finishing ahead of both Minnesota and the Sooners by over three and 11 seconds respectively.
Iowa competes in its last regatta of the regular season on Sunday, May 1. The Hawkeyes will face Tennessee, Clemson, and UCF in Knoxville, Tennessee.
“I feel pretty good about next weekend,” said Carter. “We’ll only get one kick at the can with the single set of races scheduled. We’ll need to be ready for those teams because there will no opportunity to collect ourselves and refocus. I like what I know about what our crews can do.”
Full results can be seen at the official Regatta Timing Website
Morning Line Ups
Afternoon Line ups