March 29, 2003
MANHATTAN, Kan. - With a north wind blowing at 10-12 mph, Iowa captured all three varsity races by an average of nine seconds over second-place Clemson and third-place Kansas State with a shortened 1,990-meter course on Tuttle Creek Lake.
The Hawkeyes varsity eight clocked a regatta-best 6:59.2 to beat Clemson, which posted a 7:05.3, and K-State, not far behind, with a 7:13.1.
"I think we did some things really well," said Wildcat head coach Jenny Hale. "I saw both the varsity eights much better off the line. They were actually first off the line and both really had a great first 1,000 meters."
The K-State second varsity eight battled with Clemson in the second race of the day for second place, only to lose by 1.6 seconds in the last 500 meters. The race was won by the Iowa boat in 7:05.1, followed by the Tigers 7:17.8. Kansas State finished in 7:19.4.
"The second varsity controlled the race up until the last forty strokes, but then they just didn't execute their sprint early enough," Hale said.
The racing action Saturday was moved from the Tuttle Creek dam area to the more sheltered, Stockdale Cove, further north, and on the west side of the Lake.
"I was happy to know that when we do have big winds from the north, that we have an alternate course," Hale said. "We have never had to use it and it was a lot of work, but it was also nice to know that we can use it."
In the novice eight action, Clemson beat out the Iowa threat by only 2.9 seconds to win the closest battle for first place in any of the four races. The Clemson boat finished in 7:36.6, with Iowa behind in 7:39.5 and Kansas State in 7:49.0.
The Wildcats next action will be on Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6 at the San Diego Crew Classic in San Diego, Calif. The varsity eight is slated to race for the Jessop-Whittier Cup in heat races on Saturday at 10:20 a.m. CDT with second varsity eight to compete in the women's JV event at 12:10 p.m. CDT.
KANSAS STATE vs. CLEMSON/IOWA
First Varsity Eight - 1. Iowa, 6:59.2; 2. Clemson, 7:05.3; 3. Kansas State, 7:13.1
Second Varsity Eight - 1. Iowa, 7:05.1; 2. Clemson, 7:17.8; 3. Kansas State, 7:19.4
Varsity Fours - 1. Iowa, 7:46.6; 2. Clemson, 7:55.4; 3. Kansas State, 8:49.3
First Novice Eight - 1. Clemson, 7:36.6; 2. Iowa, 7:39.5; 3. Kansas State, 7:49.0
KANSAS STATE BOATINGS
First Varsity Eights: Cox: Brandy Sherwood; Stroke: Lara Schrock; 7: Lori Holcomb; 6: Carissa Land; 5: Susie Truax; 4: Alyssa Adams; 3: Courtney Franssen; 2: Talara Wait; Bow: Katy Bockelman.
Second Varsity Eights: Cox: Elane Walker; Stroke: Amy Herrmann; 7: Linzi Hauldren; 6: Angela Murray; 5: Amiee Finkbeiner; 4: Grace Riekenberg; 3: Katie Baxter; 2: Renee Ecklund; Bow: Jamie Holt.
First Varsity Fours: Cox: Stephanie Riegle; Stroke: Megan Henson; 3: Sarah Trapp; 2: Amber Jaklevich; Bow: Kelsey Cook.
First Novice Eights: Cox: Abbie Wharton; Stroke: Megan Hauver; 7: Sarah Meitl; 6: Emily Cummings; 5: Erin Erhart; 4: Laura Dunn; 3: Amanda May; 2: Stephanie Nichols; Bow: Hannah Langenwalter.