University of Iowa Athletics

Ellen Cranberg

Class Jr.
Hometown Milwaukee, Wis.
High School Nicolet

2016 – Academic All-Big Ten… competed in five races on the 2V4+ crew as the Coxswain… placed third (8:05.1) at the Big Ten/ACC Double Dual… placed second (7:45.10) and first (7:00.50) in the Big Ten Double Dual in Iowa City on April 9… helped Iowa to a second place finish (6:32.77) at the Lake Natoma Invitational… placed second (7:30.0) at the Tennessee Conference Invitational on May 1… helped Iowa to a sixth place finish (7:43.837) at the Big Ten Championships on May 15… letterwinner

2014-15… Academic All-Big Ten… coxed the 1V4+ crew at the Head of the Des Moines, the B1G/Big 12 Challenge, against Tennessee and the Big Ten Championships… coxed the 2V4+ crew at the Nordic Nine… helped the team finish second at the B1G/Big 12 Challenge… helped the 1V4+ crew to finish fourth, just over five seconds behind the second-place Michigan (07:58.903) at the Big Ten Championships… helped the team to a sixth place finish, the second highest scoring performance at the Big Ten Championships in program history, and the highest since 2003.

2013-14… Coxswain for the 2N8+ Hawkeye boat that finished sixth (7:44.997) at the Big Ten Championship at Eagle Creek Park, three seconds ahead of seventh place Minnesota… raced in the fall at the Head of the Iowa in the V4 boat.

Before Iowa… Member of high school’s student government, band, and Spanish club… recipient of the University of Iowa Presidential scholarship.

Personal… Born July 3, 1995… daughter of James Cranberg and Judith Cranberg… father, James, is an Iowa alum… English and Spanish majors.

Why Iowa… Scholarships.

My favorite aspect of rowing is… It is both a team and an individual sport, where your individual ability is clear from best splits but there is still a deep-seated team mentality on the water.

What made you want to become a rower… I wanted to be involved in athletics despite being uncoordinated, and was excited at the idea of leading a crew (coxing).