University of Iowa Athletics

Gemma Kerr

Class Sr.
Hometown Victoria, Canada
High School St. Andrew's Regional

2017-18 — Appeared in 13 competitions on the 1V4+ crew and one competition on the 1V8+ crew… finished fifth on the 1V8+ boat (12:55.18) and eighth on the 1V4+ boat (14:25.31) at the Jayhawk Jamboree on Oct. 22… defeated Southern California (7:29.1) in the third round of the Pac 12 Invite on April 1… placed seventh (7:33.848) to help Iowa to a fourth-overall conference standing at the Big Ten Championship on May 13… finished fourth in Heat 3 of prelims (7:34.670), sixth in Heat 1 of the semifinals (7:40.33), and sixth in the petite final (7:33.20) to help the Hawkeyes to an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Championship on May 27… earned Academic All-Big Ten… named CRCA National Scholar… named Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.

2016-17 — Appeared in six competitions on the 2V8+ crew… placed 15th overall at the NCAA Championship on May 28 with a third-place finish (6:50.97) in the C Final… placed third in the C/D semifinal  (6:39.00) at the NCAA Championship on May 27… placed fourth (6:38.72) in the fourth heat and sixth (6:33.29) in the repechage at the NCAA Championship on May 26… finished fourth (6:23.43) at the Big Ten Championship on May 14… placed second (6:26.80) against Princeton, Syracuse, and Penn on April 28… defeated Rutgers (7:57.40) in the morning session and placed runner-up (8:02.00) to Ohio State in the afternoon session of the Big Ten Double Dual on April 8… defeated Michigan State (6:40.68) in the morning session and Louisville (6:53.50) in the afternoon session of the Double Dual on April 1… finished runner-up to Duke (6:16.67) in the first heat and runner-up to Texas (6:24.77) in the A Final at the Longhorn Invitational on March 25… helped Iowa to a 12th-place finish (17:34.06) on the 1V8+ crew at the Head of the Charles Regatta Oct. 22… named CRCA National Scholar Athlete… earned Academic All-Big Ten.

2015-16 — CRCA Scholar Athlete… Academic All-Big Ten… Big Ten Distinguished Scholar… competed in six races with the 2V8+ crew… placed second (6:58.5) at the Big Ten/ACC Double Dual… placed seconded in the morning (6:53.30), and afternoon (6:58.50) at the Big Ten Double Dual. Helped the 2V8+ crew finish second (6:45.73) at the Lake Natoma Invitational… helped the 2V8+ crew to first place finishes at the Big Ten/Big 12 Double Dual (7:00.743), and the Tennessee Invitational Conference Challenge (6:42.4)… helped 2V8+ crew finish  fifth at the Big Ten Championships (6:40.558)… helped team to a fifth place finish at the Big Ten Championships (95 points)… named to UI’s fall and spring Dean’s List… letterwinner.

2014-15… Selected for the 2015 Junior Canadian National Team Selection Camp… competed with the 3V8+ crew 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 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… 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 team to a sixth place finish, the second highest scoring performance at the Big Ten Championships in program history, and the highest since 2003.

Before Iowa… Member of high school’s softball team… voted team’s MVP her sophomore, junior, and senior year… placed 5th at the Canadian Secondary School Regatta Association (CSSRA)…placed 2nd in the Junior Women’s Double at CSSRA’s in 2012…and on the honor roll from 2009 to 2014.

Personal… Born March 4, 1997… daughter of Paul and Tracey Kerr… journalism major.

Why Iowa… I chose to attend University of Iowa because I believe that the team has a lot of potential, and incredible coaches to guide it along.

My favorite aspect of rowing is… I love that it can be both a team and an individual sport.

What made you want to become a rower… My friend invited me to do a summer camp with her before starting high school, and I fell in love with it.