IOWA CITY, Iowa — Two crews from North Park University joined three novice crews from the University of Iowa rowing program to run two timed pieces over an approximate 3,000-meter course on the Iowa River on Saturday. High and fast water made for testy conditions on the river, and UI head coach Andrew Carter praised the crews for of managing themselves during the exhibition session.
“All three crews we fielded started their Hawkeye competitive careers in very good form,” Carter said. “To have these young rowers prepared to row in a competitive situation is a lot to ask at this time of year. I’m quite pleased with the progress they’ve shown in such a short amount of time.
“As a team, we’re applying a great deal of patience to our talent-transfer division. Having North Park come to town for a friendly scrimmage was a terrific way to expose our new crews to competition in a controlled environment. It really fit in with the strategy we’re using to bring this group along.
“We’re looking forward to building on the great start of our freshman when the varsity join them for scrimmaging with Indiana and Wisconsin on Lake Lemon in two weeks.”
The Hawkeyes return to the water Oct. 7-8 in Bloomington, Indiana.