University of Iowa Athletics

Hannah Gruenwald

Class Fr.
Hometown Lost Nation, Iowa
High School Maquoketa

2016 — Competed in four races with the 2N8+ crew… helped the 2N8+ crew to first places finishes at the Big Ten/ACC Double Dual (7:37.1), in the afternoon session of the Big Ten Double Dual (7:16.70), and at the Big Ten/Big 12 Double Dual (7:40.599)… helped 2N8+ crew finish fourth at the Big Ten Championships (7:02.720)… helped team to a fifth place finish at the Big Ten Championships (95 points).

Before Iowa… Drake Relays qualifier in the 4×1 freshman through junior year… State Track qualifier (4×4, sprint medley) placed in sprint medley, broke 3 track school records (4×4, sprint medley, distance medley), Athletic Academic Award freshman year… re-broke 4×4 school record sophomore year… re-broke 4×4 record junior year… honorable mention all-conference softball senior year…

Personal… Born January 17, 1997 in Maquoketa, Iowa… daughter of Suede and Cary Gruenwald… Biology and Pschology – pre-med major…

Why Iowa… The University of Iowa was a great fit for me for many reasons. It has a top ranked premedical program, a beautiful campus, division 1 athletics, and is close to my hometown.

My favorite aspect of rowing is… My favorite, but also the most challenging aspect of rowing is that it requires stamina, strength, and technique. Other sports I have competed in typically favored one of the three, but all of these things are necessary to succeed in rowing. I also love that rowing takes the concept of “working together as a team” to a whole new level. Rowers literally have to work as one unit, in perfect conformity, to move the boat as efficiently as possible.

What made you want to become a rower… Coming to the University of Iowa, I missed being a member of a team. Sports are great, staying in shape is nice, and competing is fun, but nothing is as rewarding as being on a team and sharing the same goals and pride. I had heard of the University of Iowa Rowing program before I came to campus and went to tryouts the first few weeks of school. These were my first experiences in the sport.