University of Iowa Athletics

Emma Degen

Class Fr.
Hometown West Des Moines, Iowa
High School Valley

2017-18 — Appeared in three races on the 2N8+ crew, one race in the 2N4+ boat, and one race on the 3N8+ crew… placed third (21:43.201) with the 2N4+ crew at the Head of the Des Moines on Sept. 30… finished tenth (15:48.38) with the 3N8+ crew at the Jayhawk Jamboree on Oct. 22… placed seventh (7:43.859) with the 2N8+ crew to help the Hawkeyes to a fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Championship on May 13.

Before Iowa…Participated in cross country for four years, track for two years, bowling for three years, and soccer for 1 year…4-year varsity letterwinner in cross country…1-year varsity letter winner in track…2-year varsity letter winner in bowling and placed 11th at districts her senior year…Received all-conference academic award in every sport played during 2013-2016…Received academic letter all years offered during 2014-2016

Personal…Born June 22, 1999…daughter of Ron and Linda Degen…Criminology major.

Why Iowa…Growing up in Iowa, I have always been a Hawkeye fan. Iowa has been the only school I’ve cheered for. I also loved the campus when I came for a visit.

My favorite aspect of rowing is…I love the team aspect of rowing. I have met all my best friends through this team, and enjoy being able to work hard with them every day to achieve our goals.

What made you want to become a rower…I knew I wanted to continue to be an athlete, and a friend told me about this sport at Iowa. After the first practice I knew I wanted to continue with it.