DES MOINES, Iowa – The University of Iowa women’s rowing team notched two first place finishes to open the fall season at the Head of the Des Moines Regatta on Saturday. The Hawkeyes recorded a victory in the Novice 4+ and Novice 8+ events.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Novice 4+ | The Hawkeyes sent two crews to compete in the Novice 4+ event against Drake, Wheaton, Augustana, and North Park University. The crew comprised of Katherine Rygh, Olivia Hansen, Kayla Jensen, Chloe Creekmur and coxswain Madeline Baron won the event in 19:50.927, 40 seconds ahead of runner-up Drake. The second Iowa crew finished third, defeating Wheaton, Augustana, and North Park University.
Novice 8+ | Three Hawkeye crews competed in the Novice 8+ event against Drake. Katherine Rygh, Olivia Hansen, Kayla Jensen, Charlotte Lenkaitis, Heidi Mentz, Hailey Weisensel, Tessa Walsh, Chloe Creekmur and coxswain Emily Carroll posted a victory with a time of 18:09.087, 19 seconds ahead of second-place Drake. The other two Iowa crews finished third and fourth.
FIGHT FOR IOWA
The winning Novice 4 and Novice 8 crews posted the first victory of the 2017-18 season for the Hawkeyes.
HEAR FROM COACH CARTER
“This was a terrific first outing for our first-year group. I’m very proud of how they managed their first competition and how they represented the program and the Hawkeyes in general. I’m sure this is only the beginning and I’m looking forward to their future with this team.”
HEAR FROM COACH FITZPATRICK
“It was a lot of fun today. Winning is always fun, but more than anything this race was a great opportunity for the athletes to realize what they’re capable of in this sport. With only a month of rowing experience, a 5K race can be quite a feat, but across all five boats there was undeniable energy, excitement and confidence. They proved today they’re ready to take the next step up in their training and as coaches, we’re more than excited for their future representing the Iowa Hawkeyes.”
Novice 4+ | 1st | 19:50.927
Katherine Rygh, Olivia Hansen, Kayla Jensen, Chloe Creekmur, Madeline Brown (coxswain)
Novice 4+ | 3rd | 21:43.201
Heidi Mentz, Emma Degen, Reagan Mady, Elizabeth Keene, Katherine Becker (coxswain)
Novice 8+ | 1st | 18:09.087
Katherine Rygh, Olivia Hansen, Kayla Jensen, Charlotte Lenkaitis, Heidi Mentz, Hailey Weisensel, Tessa Walsh, Chloe Creekmur, Emily Carroll (coxswain)
Novice 8+ | 3rd | 19:18.598
Madeline Knoner, Nicole Majerus, Brooklyn McCuddin, Keely Paus, Isabel Bowman, Evangeline Scheibe, Kori Thomas, Megan Willey, Molly Hill (coxswain)
Novice 8+| 4th | 22:25.276
Allison Herr, Sydney Fields, Lydia DeWeese, Sara Conway, Mary Grevas, Madison Gay, Madelyn Theut, Kathryn Raver, Colleen McFarlane (coxswain)
The Hawkeyes host a scrimmage against Big Ten foes Indiana and Wisconsin on Oct. 6-7.