Rowing to host Head of the Iowa

BY DI STAFF | OCTOBER 28, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Iowa rowing team will host the Head of the Iowa regatta on the morning of Oct. 30. This is the first race on the Iowa River for the Hawkeyes this year and the last event of the fall season.

The race is shorter than the Black and Gold are used to; the team will row down 2.5 miles of the Iowa River as opposed to the 2.75 miles they raced the last time they took the water, the Head of the Rock in Rockford, Ill.

The Hawkeye women will compete in the varsity 8s, varsity 4's and pairs. The race is set to begin at 10 a.m.

Head coach Mandi Kowal said she's looking forward to ending the season on her home water, and the Head of the Iowa is the race her team has been working toward all fall.

"The Hawkeyes, the community, and our families are excited about our the Head of the Iowa," Kowal said in a release. "There's nothing like racing at home, and this year we will benefit from some special changes to the event improving the viewing and everyone's experience."

She didn't specify what those changes would be, but a release from the university said there will be hot chocolate and candy for purchase and a bounce house for children.

— by Conrad Swanson

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