The 12th-ranked University of Iowa women’s rowing team will travel to Devil’s Lake, Wisconsin, to take part in the Big Ten Rowing Championships on Sunday at 9 a.m. (CT). The Hawkeyes will face off against Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Rutgers, and Wisconsin for a Big Ten title.
A live stream of the competition is available on BTN2Go with live results provided by HereNOW.com. Links to follow along are available on the team’s schedule page at hawkeyesports.com.
Live results will also be posted on Twitter @Iowarowing following each event.
Vehicle admission tickets will be scanned and registration information confirmed on-site with vehicle information provided during purchase. Three lots are available for on-site fan parking in the north, south, and west ends of the complex.
Limited parking is available onsite, with additional over-flow parking available within walking distance to the South Shore in a newly opened overflow parking area. One vehicle is granted park admission per transaction.
TENTATIVE RACE SCHEDULE (CT)
9:00 A.M. II Novice Eights
9:20 A.M. I Novice Eights
9:40 A.M. III Fours
10:00 A.M. II Fours
10:20 A.M. I Fours
10:40 A.M. II Eights
11:00 A.M. I Eights
BIG TEN SEEDS
The Hawkeyes’ I Varsity Eight leads the team as the second seed in the conference. Iowa has wins over then-No. 11 Wisconsin, No. 20 Minnesota, No. 11 USC, and No. 10 Virginia.
I Varsity 8: Seed #2
II Varsity 8: Seed #8
I Varsity 4: Seed #5
II Varsity 4: Seed #7
III Varsity 4: Seed #7
I Novice 8: Seed #6
II Novice 8: Seed #7
HITTING THE WATER
This marks the third time Wisconsin will host to the Big Ten rowing championships, and the first time since 2007 on Lake Wingra in Devil’s Lake State Park. The Badgers also hosted the inaugural 2000 championships on Lake Wingra.
This year also marks the first time since 2010 that the Big Ten championships will be held outside of Indianapolis.
The winner of the 2019 Big Ten Rowing Championships will receive an automatic bid into the 22-team NCAA championships to take place May 31 – June 2 in Indianapolis.
Additional Big Ten squads have the ability to earn NCAA bids as an at-large team. That announcement will come on Tuesday, May 20 at 4 p.m. (CT) via a streamed selection show at NCAA.com.
The Hawkeyes have been ranked for 26 consecutive weeks– the program’s longest streak in school history. The streak peaked last season at No. 7 on April 18, 2018. This season, Iowa has been ranked at No. 12, 13, and 14.
LAST TIME OUT
The Hawkeyes faced No. 4 Texas , No. 10 UVA, N0. 11 USC, No. 16 Indiana, No. 18 Oregon State, No. 20 Oklahoma, and Notre Dame at the Longhorn Invitational on April 26 and 27.
RECAP: I VARSITY EIGHT – Iowa got off to a good start and led the field at the 500m mark with Texas trailing by only two seats. Texas pulled to about a 4-second lead by 1500m. That lead didn’t grow 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.
RECAP: II VARSITY EIGHT – 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.
RECAP: I VARSITY FOUR – The Hawkeyes held an early lead for more than 1000m but Texas was able to sneak through after the 1250m mark. It wasn’t until 1600-1700m that Virginia was able to scramble back on terms with Iowa. It was a back and forth battle between the two for the 2nd and 3rd spots behind Texas. Only 0.58 seconds separated the two with Iowa settling for third.
RECAP: II VARSITY FOUR – 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.
RECAP: I NOVICE EIGHT – The 1N8 opened competition for the Hawkeyes with a third-place finished behind No. 4 Texas’ orange and white crews. Iowa defeated Notre Dame and No. 20 Oklahoma on Saturday 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.
BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
Iowa set a school record with 111 points and matched its best finish in program history with a fourth-place finish at the 2018 Big Ten Championships on May 13, 2018.
The Hawkeyes have improved one spot in the conference standings the past five seasons under Andrew Carter. In his first season as Iowa’s head coach, Carter and the Hawkeyes placed seventh with 39 points. In 2015, Iowa moved up one spot to sixth with 79 points, continuing the trend to 2016 after placing fifth with 95 points. In 2017, the team set a then-school record with 106 points, tying for fourth place. The Hawkeyes’ 2017 Big Ten Conference Championships performance led to the second NCAA Championships berth in school history. The team would qualify again in 2018.
B1G BOAT OF THE WEEK
The University of Iowa women’s rowing team earned Boat of the Week honors for the first varsity eight (1V8) performance at the Big Ten Double Dual on Saturday, April 13. The dual marked the first time the Hawkeyes had competed at home since the 2016 season.
Iowa’s 1V8 boat includes two 2018 CRCA All-Americans (Contessa Harold and Hunter Koenigsfeld) and three U23 National Team camp selections (Hannah Greenlee, Harold, and Koenigsfeld). Other members of the boat include Eve Stweart (U23 Dutch National Team), Naomi Visser, Katie Pearson, Elena Waiglein, Paige Schlapkohl, and coxswain Logan Jones.
Iowa will finish the postseason at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. on May 31-June 2 pending a bid.