ROWELL: I took the SAT test on Saturday at Ohio State when I was running in the state track meet. So far, everything looks great. I took a couple of classes over and got a couple of A's. I think that I should qualify without a problem.
This is the first time I took the SAT. I have taken the ACT a few times before. The first and third times were my best scores. The English and Reading sections were the areas that I had the most problems with, but I got the Reading part down. The English part is still not together yet, and that is what has brought my score down. I did real well in Science and Math.
I wasn't looking for a particular part to study on the first couple of times I took it (ACT). The first time I was in the 11th grade, and I just went in and took it. Then I started to take some college prep classes and studied, and I did better on the Math section. Then I studied on Reading and English, I got the Reading part down. So now it was time for the English section. I proved that I could get better with studying in the other parts, and I feel great about the SAT that I just took. I had studied since I have been out of school for two weeks. No one had to tell me to do it; I did it consistently for an hour and a half a day and even took some older tests to get ready. I want to say that I will get the scores on June 20th for the SAT.
Q: So you are feeling pretty optimistic that you will be at Iowa this fall?
ROWELL: Right. This weekend, Trey Stross and I are supposed to come down on Sunday until July 1st. We will get the feel for the campus and get away from home for a while. When we get back home, Trey and I are going to train together. We are going to the same school, so why not have a future teammate to work out with? We will probably end up best friends going down and coming out. I spoke with him this past weekend, as he won the state title in the high jump.
Q: How did you do at the state track meet?
ROWELL: I placed 3rd in the 100, we placed 5th in the 4 x 200 and I placed 8th in the 200. It wasn't too bad, but the 200 was all heart. It was blazing hot and I was fatigued. I stretched out under the shade. I had a great start, but my finish was not good in the 200. But I felt great about the 100.
Q: The last time we spoke, you were looking forward to getting out of Cleveland and starting a new chapter of your life. Is it starting to feel more real, with your senior year being completed?
ROWELL: I am just looking forward to going somewhere else. On my visit, I really liked Iowa City. We had some dead time on the Saturday of my visit, and I took it upon myself to walk around the city before we went out to eat. I really liked it. It was quiet. Just because the students were not there did not bother me. I walked through the malls. I went a few places by myself, just walking around trying to get familiar. I had to ask a few people where I was and how to get back, but that was fine. I have been waiting on this time for so long to come, and August is not too far away at all.
Q: Iowa fans have read a lot about your hitting prowess, as your high school coach said you were the best player he has ever coached, and that you are just a big time hitter. There have been a few mentions to Bob Sanders when they have read things like that.
ROWELL: I will come there and work as hard as I can. It would be great to have a career like Bob did, and make a name for myself and have people looking up to me the way they look up to Bob. I hope to have a great impact on special teams right away and go from there.