University of Iowa Athletics

Ellen Welu

Class Fr.
Hometown Dubuque, Iowa
High School Hempstead

2016– Did not compete… named to UI’s Spring Dean’s List.

Before Iowa… Competed in conference track sophomore through senior year… ran cross country…

Personal… Born May 9, 1997 in Dubuque, Iowa… daughter of Tina and Dennis Welu… Biochemistry with Pre-Med major…

Why Iowa… I chose the University of Iowa because it offered great opportunities and resources to me. It was also a great financial decision.

My favorite aspect of rowing is… My favorite aspect of rowing is the challenge of the sport. I love that it tests my limits every day, but at the same time the team spirit is contagious. Everyone works hard to earn their place while still having fun.

What made you want to become a rower… I became a rower because I wanted something to keep me busy after the end of my competitive running career. I thought rowing would be a great alternative because it is just as physically and mentally challenging as running. I got my start in rowing when I was approached by current rowers at orientation. It sounded like a great experience so I signed up!