May 2019

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194 Koenigsfeld credits Carter for instilling confidence. "At the start of the (2018) season (coach Carter) put me in the 1V8 and it wasn't pretty," Koenigsfeld said. "It's not like I magically knew how to row; it was kind of ugly, but he had the confidence of putting me in the 1V8. Starting in a boat with such skill from the rest of the crewmates showed me from the get-go how to row effectively. "at accelerated my rowing development. From there, it was about coming to practice every day and working hard when we're told to work hard." Koenigsfeld wasn't content with the success of 2018. e 13th-ranked Hawkeyes hosted their first home event in three years April 13 and rowed to victory over No. 11 Wisconsin and Minnesota. e 1V8 earned Big Ten Boat of the Week honors. Earlier that week, Koenigsfeld, along with teammates Hannah Greenlee and Contessa Harold, were invited to the U23 World Rowing Championship Team Selection Camp. "I knew for me to be better than I was last year I needed to do more," Koenigsfeld said. "More volume, get a bigger base, become stronger. at's what I did in the fall; there are a lot of voluntary options in the fall and for a lot of those options, we took the harder one. We did a lot of 10Ks the normal person wouldn't want to do. When it comes to yes or no, the answer was yes." e Hawkeyes begin the postseason May 19 at the Big Ten Championship in Devils Lake, Wisconsin. e NCAA Championships are May 31-June 2 in Indianapolis. "We have a lot of things to prove to people on the national level that were le unsaid last year," Koenigsfeld said. "I'm looking forward to qualifying for NCAAs and putting up a good performance to show what Iowa is capable of."

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