By James Geerdes
Iowa crews took to the waters of Belleville Lake in Wayne County, Michigan, to compete at the Big Ten Double Dual on April 7 with No. 18 Michigan State and No. 6 Michigan.
In the morning session, only one varsity boat — the Third Varsity 4 — lost to Michigan State. The Second Varsity 4 crossed the finish line more than six seconds ahead of Michigan State’s boat, while the First Varsity Four crossed five seconds ahead.
Varsity 8 boats fared well against the Spartans as well. The Second Varsity 8 won its race by a dominating margin of 13 seconds, and the First Varsity 8 crossed 10 seconds ahead of its Spartan counterpart.
In a much closer matchup with a talented Michigan squad, Iowa boats split races. The First Varsity 4 crew dropped a race, and then, in the closest race of the day, the Second Varsity 8 crew was edged by 0.3 seconds. In the final race of the day, the First Varsity 8 crew crossed more than 12 seconds ahead of the Wolverines, capping the weekend with a win.
“Overall, this was a good day for our program,” head coach Andrew Carter said in a release. “We showed really well against two ranked teams, so we’ll feel good about that on the trip home.”
Iowa will race next in Princeton, New Jersey, on Saturday to compete with Princeton and Yale.
“We have another two great teams waiting for us next Saturday,” Carter said in the release. “We’ll need to shift our sights to preparing for that even before practice starts again on Monday.”