Koenigsfeld, Stewart, Named to U23 World Championship Teams

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa rowers – Eve Stewart (Netherlands) and Hunter Koenigsfeld (USA) – were named to their respective national teams ahead of the 2019 U23 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida, July 24-28.

Stewart, a staple in Iowa’s I Varsity Eight boat for the last three seasons, will compete for the Netherlands for the second consecutive year. Stewart was a silver medalist with the Dutch at the 2018 U23 World Championships in Poznan, Poland.

“Being selected for the second year in a row is a huge honor,” Stewart said. “Taking a silver medal home in the eight last year was a dream come true, but competing in the pair for the first time in my life is going to make this year’s racing a whole new level of exciting. More than anything, I can’t wait to get started and am looking forward to representing both Iowa and the Netherlands at another international event.” 

Koenigsfeld, a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, just completed her second season on the Iowa rowing team and was named second-team All-American. Koenigsfeld will represent Team USA for the first time in her career.

“I am honored to be able to represent the USA at the World Championships, but I am even more excited that Eve and I are able to represent the University of Iowa at this kind of elite level,” Koenigsfeld said.

Stewart and Koenigsfeld helped guide Iowa’s I Varsity Eight to its highest national finish at the 2019 NCAA Rowing Championships, placing ninth. At the Big Ten Championships, Stewart and Koenigsfeld’s boat earned bronze for a third-place finish in the conference.

The U23 World Rowing Championships run July 24-28 in Sarasota, Fla. Click HERE for more information on the event.