March 25, 2014, IOWA CITY, Iowa (ISN) – The University of Iowa rowing program received its first Big Ten Boat of the Week nod since April 15, 2008, the Big Ten Conference office announced Tuesday. The Hawkeyes’ 2V4+ boat earned the honor after winning its race at Clemson last weekend.
“I am very pleased for this crew to be recognized by the Big Ten,” first-year head rowing coach Andrew Carter said. “I think it’s special for the 2V4+ to be the recipient of the Crew of the Week honor. Their performance in Clemson last week, along with that of their teammates, speaks well of both the depth and progress of our squad.”
Junior Rachel Crosley, freshman Kasie 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, besting the runner-up Kansas crew 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.
On the weekend, the Hawkeyes finished ahead of No. 20 Duke in two of three NCAA events. The UI finished runner-up in 2V8+ 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 between the two teams, as 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 1V8+ with a 6:55.18 effort in its season-opener.
UI rowing continues its season at the San Diego Crew Classic, April 5-6. The annual event includes approximately 4,400 athletes from more than 125 universities, clubs and high schools from the United States. Athletes, ranging in age from 14-84 years, compete in more than 100 races in various divisions. For more information on the competition, visit crewclassic.org.