April 22, 2014
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QUOTING COACH CARTER: "We're looking forward to hosting the Minnesota crews on Sunday on Lake McBride. It will be another great opportunity to gauge Big Ten speed prior to the conference championship. Minnesota was able to get the better of us in the fall so I think our crews are anxious to see if they can turn that around."
HAWKEYES RECEIVE VOTES: The Hawkeyes are receiving votes (1) for the second week in a row in the CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll. Four Big Ten teams -- Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Indiana -- are currently ranked in the top 20. Defending NCAA Champion Ohio State is ranked third nationally, while Michigan,Wisconsin, and Indiana are ranked 10th, 15th, and 20th, respectively. Other Big Ten teams receiving votes include: Michigan State (7), Minnesota (4), and Iowa (1).
HAWKEYES WIN TWO: The Hawkeyes competed in the Clemson Invitational, April 19-20 in Clemson, S.C.
The Hawkeye 1V4+ and 2V4+ boats finished the weekend with back-to-back first place finishes in times of 8:01.40 and 8:05.40, respectively. The 1V4+ boat beat Duke by six seconds (8:07.60) and the 2V4+ boat defeated Michigan State by four seconds (8:09.80). The Hawkeyes had another top-three finish as they placed third in the 2V8+ race in 7:10.80, four seconds ahead of Oklahoma (7:14.80). Louisville finished first in 7:04.40, while Dartmouth took second in 7:10.50, barely edging out the Hawkeyes.
Iowa upset No. 12 Washington State (8:07.50) by a second in the 3V8+ race as they finished fifth in 8:06.60 and beat Texas by seven seconds (8:13.10). The Hawkeyes concluded the invite with a fifth place finish in the 1V4+ race in 8:41.30 ahead of No. 20 Indiana (8:51.00) and Dartmouth (8:55.70).
A STRONG START: In their season-opening regatta at Clemson on March 22, the Hawkeyes finished ahead of then-ranked No. 20 Duke in two of three NCAA events. The Iowa 2V8+ boat finished runner-up with a time of 6:56.42 after being edged out by No. 18 Clemson (6.56.00) by less than one second. The 1V4+ event was also a tight race. The Tigers won the event (7:37.80) and the Hawkeyes finished second (7.38.70). Iowa also placed second in the 1N/3V8+ with a time of 7:18.02 and third in the 1V8+ race with a 6:55.18 effort in its season-opener.
CREW CLASSIC RECAP: The Hawkeyes competed at the 41st annual San Diego Crew Classic, April 5-6. On Saturday, Iowa's 1V4+ boat posted a season-best time of 7:35.63 as it placed third in Group B of its respective race. The Hawkeye's 2V8+ boat also recorded a season-best time as they finished third in their race in 6:50.56. In Group B of the Women's Collegiate Cal. Cup, the Hawkeye's 1V8+ boat took the runner-up spot with a time of 7:02.40. On Sunday, Iowa's 2V8+ boat showed a strong performance, finishing runner-up in the 2V8+ petite finals (6:53.38).
LAST HOME COMPETITION: The Hawkeyes hosted their first regatta of the spring season against No. 2 Ohio State, No. 17 Louisville, and Indiana on April 12 at Lake MacBride. Iowa's best finish of the regatta came with a second place finish in the 2N8+ race to Ohio State. The Hawkeyes finished in 7:43.30, five seconds behind the Buckeyes (7:38.70). In the 2V4+ race, Iowa came in third with a time of 8:09.20, 15 seconds ahead of fourth place Indiana (8:24.70). Ohio State finished first in 7:55.20, while Louisville took second in 8:05.90.
2V4+ EARNS WEEKLY HONOR: Iowa's 2V4+ boat was honored as the Big Ten Boat of the Week on March 25 after winning is race at Clemson. Junior Rachel Crosley, freshman Kasia Gniatczyk, freshman Bec Clayton, sophomore Skylar McSorley and sophomore coxswain Rachel Chambers competed for Iowa in the 2V4+ boat. The group placed first with a 7:40.600 effort, beating runner-up Kansas by nearly 12 seconds (7:52.500). Duke (7:56.570), Clemson A (7:57.660) and Clemson B (8:39.440) rounded out the event placing third, fourth and fifth, respectively. It is Iowa's first Big Ten Boat of the Week honor since April 15, 2008.
WATSON FEATURED: Junior Gabrielle Watson has been featured as one of 24 Hawkeyes to Watch. The feature highlights one student-athlete from each of the 24 intercollegiate sports at the University of Iowa. Fans can read student-athlete's stories and watch their interviews at hawkeyesports.com.
NEW HAWKEYE IN CHARGE: Andrew Carter was named the third head coach of the University of Iowa rowing program in July 2013. This season marks his 12th year overall as a collegiate rowing coach. He previously spent time at the University of Miami (2009-13), Clemson University (2008-09), Bathes College in Lewiston, Maine (2000-08), University of Southern California (1999-00), and Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (1996-99). During his career, Carter has earned more than 50 championship medals, and over the last 12 years, he has coached seven All-Americans and 24 National Scholar-Athletes. He turned Miami into a nationally-ranked program, and led Clemson to its first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference title and NCAA Championship appearance. Carter is a U.S. Rowing Level III Coach and a Rowing Canada Aviron Level IV Coach, as well as a National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Master Instructor and Master Coach Evaluator. Carter earned his bachelor's degree in kinesiology-biomechanics from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a master's degree in kinesiology-biomechanics from the University of Western Ontario. He resides in Iowa City with his wife, Kim, and son, Mason.
P. SUE BECKWITH BOATHOUSE: The home of the University of Iowa women's rowing team, the P. Sue Beckwith Boathouse, is located on the bank of the Iowa River in Iowa City's Terrell Mill Park, near the Mayflower Residence Hall on North Dubuque Street, across the river from City Park. The building is named for UI alumna P. Sue Beckwith, M.D., a renowned surgeon in Des Moines, who made a $1 million leadership gift to the University of Iowa Foundation to support the campaign to build the boathouse. It is the first UI building named solely for a woman benefactor. The $7.2 million boathouse, which was completed in September 2009, features a large ergonomics room that houses the team's rowing machines, four large boat bays, a state-of-the-art rowing tank that can move water at various training speeds, locker room and medical-training spaces, and a terrace and community room that can be used by university and community groups. It is also the home of the Iowa men's club rowing team and the Old Capital Rowing Club.
LAKE MACBRIDE: The location for both Iowa home regattas this season, Lake MacBride includes 812 acres of water for boating and other recreational activities.
UP NEXT: The Hawkeyes travel to Knoxville, Tenn. to race against the Tennessee Volunteers, Saturday, March 3 at 8 a.m. (CT).