Redwood Shores, Calif. – The No. 12 University of Iowa Rowing Team opened their 2019 campaign against No. 11 USC and No. 3 Stanford on Day One of the PAC 12 Invitational at Redwood Shores, California. The Hawkeyes upset the Trojans in the opening round but were unable to match the blistering pace of Stanford in the afternoon slate.
HOW IT HAPPENED
I VARSITY EIGHT: The Hawkeyes opened competition at the PAC 12 Invitational by getting out in front of the No. 11 USC in the early stages, ultimately finishing 9.5 seconds in front of the Trojans. The crew lined up against No. 3 Stanford in the afternoon matchup. The Cardinals proved their class, pulling away in the middle section of the course and handing the Hawkeyes their first loss of the season.
II VARSITY EIGHT: The II Varsity Eight got out early on No. 11 USC and led at the half-way point of the 2000m course but fell victim to an impressive move from the Trojans in the third 500m. SC took full advantage and crossed the line 4.8 seconds up on the Hawkeyes. The afternoon racing against No. 3 Stanford saw the Cardinals put on an impressive performance, jumping out to an early lead that they maintained throughout the finish.
I VARSITY FOUR: The I Varsity Four boat was the last event contested in both the morning and afternoon sessions. The Hawkeyes fell to No. 11 USC in their first match of the day and couldn’t keep pace with Stanford in their afternoon tilt.
HEARING FROM HEAD COACH ANDREW CARTER
“We had some ups and downs in today’s racing. It’s been long and challenging indoor season for us this year with some record-breaking weather and river conditions that have kept us off the water. Despite that, I think the crews really fared quite well against two of the top teams in the country and, while we didn’t notch wins in each of our matches, times and margins were encouraging – not just against USC and Stanford directly but in comparison to some of the other top-notch teams who raced in other matches on the course today. There’s no doubt that we have a lot of room to improve but there’s a lot to be proud of with how our crews managed the challenges of both today and the past several months”
I Varsity Eight: Naomi Visser, Elena Waiglein, Paige Schlapkohl, Hannah Greenlee, Hunter Koenigsfeld, Contessa Harold, Katie Pearson, Eve Stewart, Logan Jones (coxswain)
II Varsity Eight: Lucie Daman, Kayla Jensen, Carly Millard, Amalie Millard, Nathalia Wellenreiter, Rachel Canon, Nina Lawrence, Claire Rutherford, Faith Wieland (coxswain)
I Varsity Four: Allison Blevins, Rachel Valentine, Molly Rygh, Noelle Ossenkop, Katie Becker (coxswain)
The Hawkeyes return tomorrow for the second session of the PAC 12 Invitational and will face off against No. 1 Cal.