University of Iowa Athletics

Gabrielle Watson

Class Sr.
Hometown Danville, Ill.
High School Danville

2014-15… Academic All-Big Ten… CRCA Scholar Athlete… competed with the 2V8+ and 2V4+ crews at the Head of the Des Moines, against Indiana and Kansas in the fall… competed with the 2V8+ crew at the Nordic Nine, the Big Ten Double Dual, the B1G/Big 12 Challenge, against Tennessee, and the Big Ten Championships… helped the team finish second at the B1G/Big 12 Challenge… lead the 2V8+ crew to a dominating performance in the Petite Finals of the Big Ten Championships, beating Rutgers by 28.528 seconds… helped the 2V8+ crew top Michigan State for a win of more than four seconds at the Big Ten Double Dual… helped the team finish second at the B1G/Big 12 Challenge… 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… Named Iowa’s recipient of the Sportsmanship Award at the Big Ten Championships… CRCA Scholar Athlete… Academic All-Big Ten… Competed as part of the 2V8+ crew eight times during the 2014 competition season… finished second (6:56.42) in the season-opener at Clemson… helped the Hawkeyes qualify for the petite finals with a third place effort (7:02.40) and finish runner-up (6:53.38) in the San Diego Crew Classic finals… placed fourth (6:59.00) in the home opener… finished sixth (7:50.70) and third (7:10.80) on day on a two, respectively, at the Clemson Invitational… defeated Tennessee by two seconds in the regular season finale with a 7:39.00 effort… placed sixth (7:00.950) at the Big Ten Championship at Eagle Creek Park.

2012-13… CRCA Scholar Athlete… competed in two fall events… placed second in the 1V8+ at the Head of the Des Moines… placed third in the 1V8+ at the Head of the Iowa… competed in all three spring events… qualified for the 1V8+ petite finals and placed third at the San Diego Crew Classic… placed second in the 1V8+ and helped team take home second place in the team standings at the Dale England Cup… placed sixth in the 1V8+ and helped team place sixth in the final team standings at the Big Ten Championships… letterwinner.

Personal… Born April 22, 1993… daughter of Gregory Watson and Odette Hyatt-Watson… communication sciences and disorders, pre-dentistry major… lists her parents as the most influential people in her life.

Why Iowa… I had only been to the state of Iowa once before my first visit to the university. But after my visit, I knew it was going to be my home away from home.