Iowa Rowing Travels to Princeton

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The No. 11 University of Iowa women’s rowing team travels to Princeton, New Jersey, to compete against No. 7 Princeton, No. 15 Syracuse, and Penn. Competition is scheduled to begin at 9:15 a.m (CT). 


Boat Time (CT)
C Fours 9:15 a.m.
B Fours 9:35 a.m.
Third Varsity 9:55 a.m. 
A Fours 10:10 a.m.
Second Varsity 10:30 a.m.
First Varsity 10:45 a.m.

Fans can follow along with live streaming on the Ivy League Digital Network. A link will be posted on 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 No. 13 University of Iowa rowing team split the Big Ten Double Dual on April 8. 
  • The Hawkeyes defeated Big Ten rival Rutgers but fell to Ohio State.
  • Iowa swept Rutgers in all contested boat classes.


  • No. 7 Princeton remains undefeated after sweeping Dartmouth on April 22. 


  • No. 15 Syracuse finished sixth at the Clemson Invite on April 23.
  • The 1V8 crew placed fourth in the grand final.


  • Penn finished 15th at the Clemson Invite on April 23.

The University of Iowa rowing team was ranked No. 11 in the CRCA/US Coaches Rankings on April 25. This is the highest national ranking in program history.

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 Indianapolis May 13 to compete at the Big Ten Championships.