2018-19 — Competed in all 10 competitions for the Hawkeyes in the spring 2019 season… Stewart helped Iowa place third (6:26.61) in the IV8+ at the 2019 Big Ten Championships… Helped Iowa qualify for its third straight NCAA Championships… Stewart and the I Varsity Eight placed ninth overall at the 2019 NCAA Championships – the program’s highest NCAA finish in any boat… Qualified in the pair for team Netherlands ahead of the 2019 U23 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida.
2017-18 — Appeared in all 12 races in the 1V8+ crew… placed third (6:24.668) to help Iowa to a fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Championship on May 13… finished second in Heat 2 of the prelims (6:26.997), first in Heat 1 of the semifinals (6:28.33), and fifth in the petite final (6:35.50) to help the Hawkeyes to an 11th-place national standing at the NCAA Championship on May 27… named CRCA First Team All-American… recorded wins over No. 18 Michigan State, No. 6 Michigan, No. 4 Princeton, and No. 6 Yale… earned a silver medal racing for the Netherlands at the U23 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland… finished 13th overall (15:35.304) at the Head of the Charles.
2016-17 — Appeared in six competitions on the 1V8+ crew… finished 14th overall at the NCAA Championship on May 28 with a runner-up finish (6:38.04) in the C Final… won the C/D semifinal (6:24.52) at the NCAA Championship May 27… helped Iowa to a third-place finish (6:14.90) in the second heat and repechage (6:18.99) at the NCAA Championship May 26… placed fourth (6:16.53) at the Big Ten Championship on May 14… placed third (7:08.60) against Syracuse and Princeton on April 28… defeated Rutgers (7:02.20) in the morning session and finished runner-up (6:38.00) to Ohio State in the afternoon session of the Big Ten Double Dual on April 8… defeated Michigan State (6:30.06) in the morning session and Louisville (6:32.31) in the afternoon session of the Double Dual on April 1… won the first heat (6:11.51) against San Diego, Duke, and Oklahoma and placed runner-up (6:20.53) to Texas in the A Final at the Longhorn Invitational on March 25.
High School… placed fifth at the Dutch National Indoor Rowing Championships in 2015… Selected to train with the Dutch national team at a talent day… competed in the Head ofthe River Race in the 2nd Dutch eight… competed in the Outdoor National Championships in Rotterdam in a boat with the national team… received first place atthe Skoll Cup on April 16, 2016.
Personal… born January 13, 1998… daughter of Rachel Stewart… has one sibling, Jacob…Mother played Netball for Wales and competed in the finals of the British Junior Dressage Championships… English/Creative writing major.
Why did you choose to attend the University of Iowa?
I had always dreamed of attending an American Big 10 University. However, as a British Citizen living in the Netherlands, I had until quite recently, expected to study in the UK. This all changed when the head of the Dutch National team passed my details on to Andrew Carter and Jeff Garbutt. I first received a message from Jeff the evening before one of my mock exams and genuinely jumped out of my seat in excitement.
I quickly began my research into U of I, only to discover the incredible creative writing program that the university has to offer. After many hours of conversation with Andrew and Jeff, and several conversations with Iowa Alumni, I realised there is no better place for me to develop both as a rower, and as a writer.
What is your favorite aspect of the sport of rowing?
After years of doing sports as an individual, I love the team aspect of rowing. There is nothing that builds friendship like the shared pain and agony of an ergo session. Though rowing is incredibly demanding, it is also the most rewarding sport I have ever been involved with. It has truly taught me to dig deep and push myself beyond my limits.