Iowa Travels to Ann Arbor for B1G Double Dual

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The No. 11 University of Iowa women’s rowing team travels to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to compete at the Big Ten Double Dual against No. 6 Michigan and No.18 Michigan State on Saturday at Belleville Lake. Competition is broken up into two sessions. The morning session begins at 9 a.m. (CT) and the afternoon session begins at 12:30 p.m.

The University of Iowa women’s rowing team moved up six spots to No. 11 in the USRowing/CRCA Coaches’ Poll on April 4. This ties the highest national ranking in program history.

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  • Iowa’s I  Varsity Eight, II Varsity Eight, and I Varsity Four competed at the Pac-12 Invitational on March 31-April 1.
  • The Hawkeyes upset No. 12 USC on April 1, defeating the Trojans in all three races.


  • The Wolverine’s collected seven wins against Virginia and Clemson on March 31.
  • Michigan’s I Varsity Eight crew defeated Clemson with a time of 6:14.5 and is 501 on the season.
  • The Wolverine’s varsity boats won seven of nine races in all, coming in second place once and third place once.


  • The Spartans faced off against Stanford, Cal, and USC at the Pac-12 Invitational on March 31-April 1.
  • Michigan State fell to Stanford, Cal, and USC in all races, except the I Varsity Four, which defeated USC.

The 2017 season was a historic season for the University of Iowa women’s rowing program. The Hawkeyes broke their national poll record four times throughout the season, peaking at No. 11 in the country. They also broke the team point record at the Big Ten Championships on May 14, scoring 116 points to tie for fourth place. The team was selected to the NCAA Championships for the second time in program history, ending a 16-year drought dating back to 2001.

The University of Iowa women’s rowing staff was named the 2017 Region 4 Staff of the Year by the College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). The Regional Staff of the Year Award recognizes a staff that had outstanding success during the season, demonstrated a great team improvement from the prior season, fulfilled the team’s potential, and demonstrated a high level of professionalism and integrity as a coach.

Six University of Iowa rowing student-athletes — Victoria Bricker, Kaelynn Heiberg, Gemma Kerr, Rachel Canon, Logan Jones, and Georgia Sanderson — were named 2017 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar Athletes. 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. 

Seven rowers — Allison Blevins, Rachel Canon, Kaelynn Heiberg, Gemma Kerr, Carly Millerd, Elizabeth Pritchard, and Georgia Sanderson — were named 2017 Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholars. Heiberg, Millerd, and Sanderson maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average during the 2016-17 academic term. Athletes must be letterwinners in at least their second academic year at their institution  and have a minimum GPA of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year, excluding summer school.

15 University of Iowa rowers — Danielle Bender, Allison Blevins, Victoria Bricker, Rachel Canon, Kaelynn Heiberg, Logan Jones, Laura Justis, Gemma Kerr, Baillie McCunn, Sarah Powell, Elizabeth Pritchard, Georgia Sanderson, Megan Sprengeler, Kat Tillman, and Faith Wieland — were named to the 2017 Spring Academic All-Big Ten team. 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.

The Hawkeyes travel to Princeton, New Jersey, to compete against Princeton and Yale. Competition is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. (CT).