Iowa Wraps Longhorn Invitational

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AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Iowa Rowing Team wrapped the 2019 Longhorn Invitational at Lake Walter E. Long in Austin, Texas, with two first-place finishes. Iowa finished third overall behind No. 4 Texas and No. 10 Virginia, defeating No. 16 Indiana

For complete results of the Longhorn Invitational, click HERE.
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The rowing team is no stranger to weather adaptations, and again had to work around mother nature this weekend in Texas. The invitational was originally slated for both heats and finals on Saturday, but the heats were moved to Friday evening because of forecasted winds up to 20 miles-per-hour.
Earlier this season, Iowa had to change timing in their home B1G Double Dual and were unable to travel to face Harvard and Brown last weekend due to forecasted winds and thunderstorms.
Final A
No. 4 Texas              40
No. 10 UVA              35
No. 13 Iowa             31
No. 16 Indiana        26
Final B
No. 11 USC
No. 20 Oklahoma
No 18 Oregon State
R/V Notre Dame
In anticipation for their new schedule, the Hawkeyes placed their boats in the water to spearhead the Longhorn Invitational at 6:30 P.M. Friday night. The novice eights kicked off the first session and would conclude the second session.
The 1N8 opened competition for the Hawkeyes with a third-place finished behind No. 4 Texas’ orange and white crews. The result placed Iowa in the B-Final on Saturday morning.  Iowa defeated Notre Dame and No. 20 Oklahoma after the freshmen led from start to finish on Saturday morning, besting the 3V entries from both Notre Dame and Oklahoma.  After a strong start, the Hawkeyes consistently built on their lead over the entire 2000m course, stretching the margin out to more than seven seconds by the finish.
The Hawkeyes struggled to find their footing among a strong entry of crews at the Longhorn Invite.  They hinted at being in the hunt during the preliminary heats but were unable to follow-through with the needed intensity in the B-Final on Saturday.
The 1V4+ got out of the gates quickly and led the field in the early stage.  The Hawkeyes held that lead for more than 1000m.  Texas was able to sneak through after the 1250m mark and began to build on that lead over the next 500m.  It wasn’t until 1600-1700m that Virginia was able to scramble back on terms with Iowa.  From there it was a back and forth battle between the two for the 2nd and 3rd spots behind Texas.  At the line it was only 0.58 seconds separating the two with Iowa settling for third.
The 2V8 was evenly contested out front, with Virginia topping Texas in the top two spots.  The two front-runners left Iowa and Indiana behind early with Indiana outpacing the Hawkeyes.  Iowa was more consistent in their A-Final effort but still couldn’t match the speed of the Hoosiers or the leading two crews. 
Iowa’s previous success in the 1V8 boat carried down to Texas, as the crew performed well in both the heats and finals. Iowa got off to a good start and led the field at the 500m mark with Texas close behind, trailing by only two seats.  Over the next 500m, Texas was able to inch up to ride level with the Hawkeyes by the midway point of the course.  Texas’ move in the third 500m got the job done and they pulled to about a 4-second lead by 1500m.  That lead didn’t grow much in the closing quarter with the Hawkeyes’ and Longhorns’ speed quite even in the finishing sprint.  The final margin was open water to Texas with just over five seconds back to Virginia and just over 10 seconds to Indiana.
“I think we took a good step forward as a team today.  In particular, the 1V4+ had a successful two days.  The crew has only been together for the past few days so it was great to see them race as well as they did.  I’m keen to see how they go after a couple of weeks under their belt.
“The Varsity raced pretty well also.  They spent the first quarter of the race in front, which speaks well to their starting speed.  Texas has an impressive crew again this year so to be as tight with them as we were at the finish is a confidence-builder as we prepare for the B1G Championship.  If we can tighten up a couple of areas of their race, I think we can find some seconds to shave off.  We’ll need every second we can find for the Conference Championship.
“The Novice 8+ won their final today, which was good to see.  They raced in a combined Novice/3rd Varsity event so to be out in front of some 3V crews was again a confidence-builder for our young crew.  I expect those rowers to continue to progress over the next three weeks.”


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: Allison Blevins, Rachel Valentine, Lauren Collier, Carly Millerd, Molly Rygh, Nathalia Wellenreiter, Amalie Millerd, Nina Lawrence, Katie Becker (coxswain)
I Varsity Four: Kayla Jensen, Lucie Daman, Rachel Canon, Claire Rutherford, Faith Wieland (coxswain)
II Varsity Four: Andjela Milenkovic, Tessa Walsh, Keely Paus, Paige Przybylski, Eleanor Heckman (coxswain)
I Novice Eight: Elise Perkins, Jessie McElwain, Noelle Ossenkop, Rachel Kram, Riley Seufert, Erika Davidson, Kirsten Jurgersen, Amelia Juhl, Alexis Wolf (coxswain)

Iowa will travel to Devil’s Lake, Wisconsin for the Big Ten Championships on May 19.