Iowa Rowing Set for Big Ten Championships

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The No. 12 University of Iowa women’s rowing team travels to Indianapolis to compete in the 2017 Big Ten Championships. Competition is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m (CT) at Eagle Creek Park. 


Boat Time (CT)
Novice II Eights 8 a.m.
Novice I Eights 8:20 a.m.
III Varsity Four 8:40 a.m.
II Fours 9 a.m.
I Fours 9:20 a.m.
II Eights 9:40 a.m.
I Eights 10 a.m.


Fans can follow along with live stream on BTN2Go and live stats on A link to both will be posted on The Championships will air on BTN on May 20, at 10 a.m. 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.


  • No. 11 Iowa edged No. 15 Syracuse in  the regular season finale.
  • The 1V8+ crew defeated Syracuse and Penn but fell to Princeton. 


  • No. 4 Ohio State finished second at the Clemson Invite with 125 points April 23.
  • No. 13 Iowa fell to No. 4 Ohio State at the Big Ten Double Dual Regatta on April 8. 


  • No. 4 Michigan posted a clean six-race sweep against Louisville  on April 30. 


  • No. 11 Wisconsin finished third at the Clemson Invitational on April 23. 


  • No. 17 Michigan State won three races, including two of the three NCAA boats (Varsity 8 and Varsity 4), over No. 16 Harvard/Radcliffe and Boston College on April 23.
  • No. 14 Iowa defeated No. 17 Michigan State at the Double Dual in Bloomington, Ind. on April 1. 


  • No. 16 Indiana won the Dale England Cup on April 29. 


  • No. 18 Minnesota finished 18th at the Clemson Invitational on April 23. 


  • The Scarlet Knights competed at the Eastern Sprints on April 30. 
  • Rutgers finished second in the Varsity 4 and Second Varsity 8, third in the Varsity 8, and fifth in the Novice 8. 
  • No. 13 Iowa defeated Rutgers at the Big Ten Double Dual on April 8. 

The University of Iowa rowing team finished fifth with 95 points at the 2016 Big Ten Championships. This marks the second highest finish since 2003 when the Hawkeyes finished fourth with 99 points. Iowa has advanced to the NCAA Championships once in program history, finishing ninth with 18 points in 2001. 

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 await their NCAA Championship fate. The field will be announced on on May 16 at 4 p.m. (CT).