Hawkeyes Open Spring Season at Longhorn Invitational

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The University of Iowa women’s rowing team travels to Austin, Texas, to compete at the Longhorn Invitational Saturday. They will race against No. 8 Texas, No. 14 Duke, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon State, San Diego, and UCF. Competition is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m (CT). 

There will be two sessions of races at the Longhorn Invitational, and all races will take place on Walter E. Long Lake.  Session one will feature ten races and will start at 8 a.m.  A new race will start every ten minutes.  Iowa will race in five events in session one: the I Eights being at 8:10 a.m., the II Eights start at 8:30 a.m., the Fours race at 8:50 a.m., the II Fours compete at 9:10 a.m., and the Novice Eight will race at 9:30 a.m.
Session two will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will also be comprised of ten races, one every ten minutes.  These lineups for races will be based on the morning results. The NCAA event teams (I Eight, II Eight and I Four) will be scored from the morning races and the top two teams will advance their crews to the “A” Final in all three events.  The third and fourth place teams will race their crews in the “B” Final.   In the II Fours and N/III Eight events, spots in the “A” Final are determined by the first-place finisher in each heat plus the next two fastest crews of the remaining entries.  All remaining crews in these two events will race in the “B” Final.
A member of the Iowa rowing staff will offer interactive Twitter content live at every regatta this season via @iowarowing. This feature gives Hawkeye fans the opportunity to stay up to date on the latest news and scores during every regatta.


  • The University of Iowa competed at the Head of the Charles Regatta and Jayhawk Jamboree on October 23.
  • At the Head of the Charles, Iowa competed in the Championship 4+ and Championship 8+ events.
  • In the Championship 4+ event, the Hawkeyes placed seventh overall and fifth among collegiate entries.
  • In the Championship 8+ event, the Hawkeyes finished 12th overall and tenth among collegiate entries.
  • Iowa’s Varsity 8+, Varsity 4+ and Novice 8+ crews competed at the Jayhawk Jamboree.
  • The N8+ (A) crew finished second in its event.
  • The V8+ and V4+ crews finished fifth overall in the respective events.  


  • No. 8 Texas competed at the Head of the Colorado October 29. 
  • No. 14 Duke defeated Clemson and North Carolina at the Carolina Cup on March 18.
  • Duke’s Varsity Eight was named ACC Crew of the Week March 21.
  • Notre Dame competed at the Cardinal Invitational March 12. 
  • The Third Varsity Eight finished first, the Varsity Four and Second Varsity Eight finished second,  and the First Varsity Eight finished third.
  • Oklahoma finished the fall season at the 33rd Annual Head of the Colorado October 29.
  • The N8+ (A) crew and N8+ (B) crew finished second, while the N8+ (C) crew finished fourth in its event.
  • The N4+ (A) crew won its event, while the N4+ (B) crew finished fifth and the N4+ (C) crew finished seventh. 
  • Oregon State defeated UC Santa Barbara March 4.
  • San Diego finished the fall season at the San Diego Fall Classic on November 13. 
  • It finished first with all three eights winning events. 
  • UCF won five of six events at its regatta on Lake Pickett March 17. 

The University of Iowa finished fifth at the 2016 Big Ten Rowing Championship. It concluded the event with 95 points, the second highest championship total in program history. The fifth-place finish was the highest finish since 2009.

  • The 1V8+ and 2V8+ boats finished fifth.
  • The 1V4+ and 2V4+ finished sixth.
  • The 3V4+ finished fourth.
  • The 1N8+ and 2N8+ finished fourth. 

The 2017 women’s rowing team has 33 freshmen, 17 sophomores, 12 juniors, and six seniors. 

Seven University of Iowa rowing student-athletes earned Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association recognition in 2016. Senior Beth Baustian earned Region 4 first team all-region honors, while sophomore Izzy Dolba garnered Region 4 second team all-region honors. Candidates are evaluated on their team’s regional finish, coach recommendation, and 2,000-meter erg score. Senior Madeline Anglin, junior Victoria Bricker, senior Katie Brown, sophomore Kaelynn Heiberg and sophomore Gemma Kerr all earned CRCA National Scholar Athlete recognition. It is the third straight honor for Anglin and Brown, while Bricker earns her second consecutive award. To qualify for the honor, student-athletes must maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher, race in 75 percent of their team’s races, and be in their second, third, or fourth year of eligibility. 

20 rowing student athletes were named to the 2016 Spring Academic All-Big Ten team. This is the most for the program since 2009. 174 rowing student-athletes were honored. Iowa rower Skylar McSorley was one of 23 student-athletes to have a perfect cumulative GPA. To be eligible for an Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Seniors Madeline Anglin, Beth Baustian, Claire Benschoter, Katie Brown, Rachel Chambers, Hannah Hawks, McSorley, Zoe Ribar, Hannah Rochford, Jessica Streur, Lauren Subler, juniors Danielle Bender, Victoria Bricker, McKinzie Cowley, Ellen Cranberg, Sarah Powell, sophomores Kaelynn Heiberg, Trisha Huerta, Gemma Kerr, and Baillie McCunn were named to the Academic All-Big Ten team.

Seven rowing student athletes were honored with the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2016. Recipients of the Distinguished Scholar Award must be letterwinners in at least their second academic year at the institution and have a minimum GPA of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year. Seniors Madeline Anglin, Katie Brown, Rachel Chambers, Hannah Hawks, Skylar McSorley, Hannah Rochford, and sophomore Kaelynn Heiberg were recognized. Anglin, McSorley, and Rochford maintained perfect 4.0 GPAs. 

Junior Danielle Bender represented the Hawkeyes over the summer in Hoa An and Thuan Hung, Vietnam. She was one of the 17 American student-athletes to be part of the Coach for College Program. The Coach for College program brings together U.S. student-athletes and Vietnamese students. Bender taught math and coached baseball to junior high students in sixth through ninth grades.

Megan Fitzpatrick was promoted from graduate assistant coach to assistant coach, Megan Patrick was announced as an assistant coach, and Emma Gresson was appointed as graduate assistant coach in August of 2016. Fitzpatrick was a graduate assistant from 2014-16. She came to Iowa from the University of Tulsa, where she was a four-year rowing letterwinner. Patrick joins the Hawkeyes after a four-year stint at Alabama, where her primary duties included serving as the Crimson Tide’s recruiting coordinator and coaching UA’s small boats. Gresson spent the past six seasons as an assistant coach at Oklahoma. She headed up Oklahoma’s novice program for four years before stepping into a varsity coach position. 

The Hawkeyes travel to Indiana April 1 to compete against No. 20 Michigan State and Louisville.