IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa rowing team opens its fall season at the Head of the Des Moines Regatta on Saturday. Competition will take place on a three-mile stretch of the Des Moines River.
“The Head of the Des Moines will be the first competitive opportunity for our team this year,” said UI head coach Andrew Carter. “We really look forward to this. Rowing is one of the sports where we train a lot and compete very little, so when it finally gets rolling we get pretty excited.”
The Head of the Des Moines Regatta is one of the oldest and most continuously held rowing competitions in the Midwest, going on its 33rd year after being cancelled last year due to high water levels. The Hawkeyes have boats racing in the Women’s Collegiate Novice 4+ at 10:05 a.m. (CT) and the Women’s Collegiate Novice 8+ at 2:05 p.m. (CT).
“We’re making a bit of change in that we’re only sending our freshmen crews to this regatta,” said Carter. “The Head of the Des Moines is not only the first competitive opportunity for the team, it’s the first competitive opportunity for all of these women.”
For more information on the Head of the Des Moines Regatta, including spectator information and course maps visit headofthedesmoines.org. Live stats are also available on the Iowa rowing page at hawkeyesports.com.