Redwood Shores, Calif. – The 12th-ranked University of Iowa Rowing Team capped the 2019 PAC 12 Invitational with performances against reigning NCAA Champion No. 1 Cal-Berkeley in Redwood Shores, California.
HOW IT HAPPENED
I VARSITY EIGHT: The Hawkeyes got off the start line quickly against the Golden Bears, leading for much of the first 500m of the 2000m course. The power and experience of the defending NCAA Champions kicked on in the second quarter of the race and by the 1000m mark, Cal had established a one-boat-length lead. The Bears never faltered in the second half and crossed the line ahead of the Hawketes, who posted their weekend-best time of 6:25.5.
II VARSITY EIGHT: The II Varsity Eight struggled to find their rhythm against Cal on Sunday. A deep and talented roster for the Golden Bears got out on the Hawkeyes in the early stages and continued to stretch that lead throughout the race. The early deficit put the Hawkeyes on their heels early and they never recovered enough to take the lead.
I VARSITY FOUR: The I Varsity Four had all they could handle with a Cal crew rowing with World Junior Championship experience and a World Indoor Champion onboard. The Hawkeyes got off to a clean start but lost ground steadily to the strong Bears Four over the course of the race. Cal finished with a comfortable win while posting one of the fastest times of the day in the I Varsity Four category.
HEARING FROM HEAD COACH ANDREW CARTER
“I think our 1V8 bounced back well from a shaky second round of racing against Stanford yesterday. The started quickly and hung in there with the National Champs for the first 500m but hanging in there with No. 1 for the full 2000m was more than we could manage. Credit to the crew, though, they were able to post the third-fastest time among all the 1V8’s racing today, matching the feat from the first round of racing on Saturday. Given the quality of teams here, that’s saying a lot.
The inexperience in our 2V8 and 4+ really showed this weekend. Several of those women are brand new to rowing and, despite their limited time in the boat, they really impressed me with their composure. Cal is impressive in each of the three boat classes and our young 2V and 4+ stayed on task. I expect we’ll see them improve in leaps and bound once we’re consistently rowing on the water.”
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 will host their sole home event of the season on Saturday, April 13th as they bring in Wisconsin and Minnesota at Lake McBride.