University of Iowa Athletics

Denika Kelsall

Class Fr.
Hometown Perth, Australia
Previous School Perth College

2016 — Competed in five races with the 1N8+ crew… helped the 1N8+ crew to first places finishes at the Big Ten/ACC Double Dual (7:17.1), the Big Ten Double Dual (7:00.50), and the Big Ten/Big 12 Double Dual (7:20.370)… helped the 1N8+ crew finish fourth at the Big Ten Championships (6:48.556)… helped team to a fifth place finish at the Big Ten Championships (95 points)… letterwinner.

Before Iowa.. 2012 Australian Rowing Championships – Schoolgirl Coxed Quad Scull – Bronze medal… 2013 Australian Rowing Championships – Schoolgirl Single Scull – Bronze medal… 2013 Australian Rowing Championships – U19 Women’s Coxed Eight – Silver medal… 2014 Australian Rowing Championships – U19 Women’s Coxless Quad – Bronze medal.

Personal… Born in Perth, Australia on October 17, 1996… daughter of Brian and Kelli Kelsall.

Why Iowa… Growing up in Australia I’ve seen many movies about the collegiate life in America and I have always been very jealous, Australia has nothing at all like this. I chose the University of Iowa because I felt as if it would give me this amazing collegiate experience, as well as feel like a home away from home.

My favorite aspect of rowing is… I love the family like team environment, and the challenges which keep you striving to improve personally.

What made me want to become a rower… The high school I attended had a rowing program, and a few of my girlfriends and I decided that it looked like great fun and wanted to give it a shot.