University of Iowa Athletics

Alysson Wittmeyer

Class Jr.
Hometown Elgin, Ill.
High School Elgin Academy

2017-18 — Appeared in one competition on the II V8 crew…placed eighth (13:13.53) at the Jayhawk Jamboree on October 22…appeared in five competitions on the II V4 crew…defeated No. 18 Michigan State (7:39.04) on April 7…fell to No. 6 Michigan (7:43.4) on April 7…placed third (7:27.9) against No. 4 Princeton and No. 6 Yale on April 14…placed fourth (8:00.01) at the Longhorn Invitational on April 28…placed 6th (7:40.719) at the Big Ten Championship on May 13… named Academic All-Big Ten.

2016-17 — Appeared in four competitions on the 1N8+ crew… placed fourth (6:47.36) at the Big Ten Championship on May 14… placed third (7:08.60) against Syracuse and Princeton on April 28… defeated Rutgers (7:14.00) in the morning session and helped Iowa to a runner-up finish (7:15.02) against Ohio State in the afternoon session of the Big Ten Double Dual on April 8… helped Iowa on the 2N8+ crew to a runner-up finish against Michigan State in the morning (7:21.78) and afternoon (7:33.72) sessions of the Double Dual on April 1…­ finished third (6:53.60) in the first heat and fourth (7:13.15) in the A Final at the Longhorn Invitational on March 25… finished second (14:05.22) on the N8 “A” crew at the Jayhawk Jamboree on Oct. 23.

2015-16– Did not compete.

Before Iowa… most improved player in both volleyball and basketball freshman year… All-Conference IHSL Award and Varsity letter in soccer freshman year… Varsity Letter in volleyball, basketball, and soccer sophomore year… 1st Place Crystal Lake Indoor rowing competition Time – 7:45:04… 3rd Place Mid Winter Meltdown Time 7:32:05… 1st Place Iowa Indoor regatta PR* 7:29:01… C.R.A.S.H. Bs 39 of 239 7:32:09… 1st Place Chicago Indoor Rowing competition Time 7:45:03… Volleyball coaches award and varsity letter senior year… University of Rochester-Frederick Douglas & Susan B. Anthony Award in Humanities and Social Sciences… National Honor Society Member… President’s Award… Athletic Council Secretary junior year… Vice President of Athletic Council senior year… National Thespian Society Chair of Fundraising… rowing coaches Libby Scarlatos, Jelena Zelenovic, and Chris Meldrum.

Personal… Born in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh on June 22, 1997… daughter of Jay and Sarah Wittmeyer… Liberal Arts major…

Why Iowa… I choose UIowa for the midwest environment and the beautiful campus as well as the family atmosphere in the rowing team and the relationships between coaches and players.

My favorite aspect of rowing… My favorite aspect of rowing is the total in-syncness that occurs when all the rowers join together in perfect rhythm to make the boat move.

What made you want to become a rower… I was introduced to rowing by the admissions director at my high school and after trying it and hating it for the first two weeks, I finally had, what I call, a rowing epiphany where something just clicked and I got it, or a part of it. After that I fell in love with the beauty and majesty of the sport. That was in the fall, when it came time for winter season I got better and started winning indoor races as a novice. Then I just continued rowing and I began to be recruited. Now I am very excited to see what collegiate rowing has for me.