April 7, 2010
THIS WEEK: Iowa will host Louisville and Big Ten rivals Minnesota and Wisconsin on Saturday. The first race will start at approximately 9 a.m., and the event will continue through the afternoon. The Hawkeyes will be competing in the Varsity 8's, Varsity 4's and Novice 8's.
The College Coaches Poll has the University of Wisconsin ranked 11th out of the top 20 teams. Iowa and the University of Minnesota continue to keep getting votes. Iowa has been ranked among the top 20 teams earlier this season.
THE RACE: The competition will take place on the Lake Macbride in Solon, IA.
LAST EVENT: The University of Iowa's rowing team last competed at the PAC-10 Challenge in Redwood Shores, CA. It was the first time Iowa has ever competed at the competition. The event was hosted by Stanford. The Hawkeyes competed in the Varsity 4's, Novice 8's and Varsity 8's. The Hawkeyes raced against 15th ranked Oregon State, 6th ranked University of Washington, 3rd ranked University of California and 2nd ranked Stanford University.
Iowa did not win any races but the team gained valuable information after competing against strong non-conference teams. The varsity 4 boat of juniors Emily Melvold, Katherine Radassevich, Meghan Clancy sophomore Chloe Zwiacher, and senior Annette Allard had the closest race of the weekend. Iowa's boat came in just behind Oregon State's boat. Oregon State raced a time of 7:55.1, while Iowa finished with a time of 7:56.0.
New Home for the hawkeyes: The P. Sue Beckwith, M.D., Boathouse was dedicated September 18, 2009. The new state of the art facility for the Hawkeyes is located within the city of Iowa City's Terrell Mill Park, next to the Iowa River.
It is an ideal site to fulfill all the needs of the rowing team. More efficient boat storage racks, an indoor rowing tank, and an erg room (for machine rowing) is incorporated in the building.
HEAD COACH: Mandi Kowal is in her 16th year as head coach of the Hawkeyes. In the 1997 and 1998 NCAA Rowing Championships, she coached the Varsity 4+ teams to fourth and eighth-places finishes, respectively. Kowal began her rowing career at the University of Wisconsin in 1981. She was a two-time rowing World Champion in the Women's Lightweight 4- (1986-1987). She was named Female Athlete of the Year in 1987 by the US Rowing Association and was inducted into the United States Rowing Hall of Fame in 1997.