University of Iowa To Pay $300,000 In Rowing Case

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By Richard Pratt

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa will pay $300,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a former women's rowing participant who claimed that intense training workouts left her with debilitating leg injuries.

The settlement avoids trial in the case of Margaret Krusing, who argued that former coach Mandi Kowal imposed excessive training requirements. It was approved Friday and released to The Associated Press under the public records law.

Krusing joined the team in 2007 and was unprepared for the running and biking regimen Kowal required. She soon started complaining of burning in her legs and numbness in her feet. She developed exertional compartment syndrome, a condition that made it hard for her to walk and required numerous surgeries.

Both sides say they're pleased to settle the lawsuit, which was filed in 2010.
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