IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa rowing team reflects on its successful season as it heads to Indianapolis for Sunday’s Big Ten Championships.
The Hawkeyes have posted 13 boat wins during the 2022 season, surpassing their win total by eight at this point last season. Junior Shae Becker points toward relationship building as a key for Iowa’s victories on the water.
“When you can get into a boat full of athletes whom you’ve built strong relationships with, the trust there will make you faster than any training session could,” said Becker. “Our success is owed to those strong relationships built off the course, and to the gritty racing we do together on the course.”
Iowa’s success on the water has received a tremendous amount of recognition from the Big Ten Conference during the 2022 season. The Hawkeyes set a program record with four Big Ten Boat of the Week honors. Each of the team’s I Varsity Eight, I Varsity Four, II Varsity Four and III Varsity Four have all been recipients of the honor.
“Being a part of a team with multiple Big Ten Boat of the Week honors is great for the program, and the recognition and support we are receiving is incredible,” said sophomore Livvy Osgood, a member of the award-winning I Varsity Four. “The coaching staff and women on the team have put forth immense effort and dedication to our training.
“I am incredibly proud of my teammates who also received Big Ten Boat of the Week honors.”
The Hawkeyes have also been gaining national traction, as the program has tallied at least one vote in CRCA’s National Pocock poll in each of the past seven weeks.
Iowa looks to continue its strong 2022 season at this week’s Big Ten Championships.
“I can speak for the entire team by saying we all want to finish our season strong,” said sophomore Emma Mask, who was a part of the Big Ten Boat of the Week winning I Varsity Eight crew. “We have great athletes in all of our boats who are driven to give it their all down the racecourse.
“I’m looking forward to the chance to prove all the hard work the Iowa rowing team has put in throughout the last year and watch everyone’s hard work pay off.”
The 2022 Big Ten Championships will be held at the Indianapolis Rowing Center, beginning at 8 a.m. (CT). Live coverage of the championships will be available through BTN+.