April 12, 2014
SOLON, Iowa -- The University of Iowa women's rowing team hosted their first regatta of the spring season against No. 2 Ohio State, No. 17 Louisville, and Indiana, Saturday morning at Lake MacBride in Solon, Iowa. The regatta, originally scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. (CT), was rescheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. (CT) due to inclement weather in the forecast.
"I think today was a good wake-up call with regard to the standard of rowing in the Big Ten," head coach Andrew Carter said. "This is a standard we need to strive for on a daily, weekly, and season-long basis. There is no doubt that our crews started this spring campaign on solid footing but today showed that crews in this league don't race the same this week as they did last. Our young group was reminded of that today and we'll be back on the job Monday with new level of commitment to aggressive progress."
The wind became a factor in this morning's races, reaching up to 15 mph.
In the first race of the morning, Iowa's 1V8+ boat finished fourth in 6:54.00, nine seconds behind third placed Louisville (6:45.40). Ohio State won the race with a winning time of 6:33.70, while Louisville came in second in 6:38.60.
Iowa's 2V8+ boat came in fourth with a time of 6:59.00. Louisville finished third with a time of 6:58.00. Ohio State won its second race of the morning in 6:42.20 and Indiana finished runner-up in 6:49.70.
The Buckeyes 1V4+ boat kept their winning streak going as it finished in 7:28.80. Louisville finished second, 5 seconds behind (7:34.20), Indiana came in third (7:36.70), and Iowa finished fourth in 7:41.40.
In the 2V4+ race, Iowa came in third with a time of 8:09.20, 15 seconds ahead of last place Indiana (8:24.70). Ohio State finished first in 7:55.20, while Louisville took second in 8:05.90.
The Hawkeye 1N8+ boat finished fourth, nine seconds behind Indiana (7:16.20), in 7:25.90. Ohio State continued its dominance as they came in first in 7:13.00, one and a half seconds ahead of second place Louisville (7:14.50).
Ohio State's 3V4+ boat came in first in 8:03.50, while Louisville finished runner-up in 8:18.60. Iowa finished 21 seconds behind in 8:29.70 for third place.
The meet concluded as Iowa's 2N8+ boat finished second, the team's best finish of the regatta, five seconds behind Ohio State (7:38.70) in 7:43.30.
The Hawkeyes are back in competition at the Clemson Invitational, April 19-20, in Clemson, S.C.