University of Iowa Athletics

Hannah Hawks

Class RS Sr.
Hometown Mooresville, N.C.
High School Lake Norman
Previous School University of Miami

2016 — Second team All-Big Ten… Academic All-Big Ten… Big Ten Distinguished Scholar… competed in six races with the 1V8+ crew… placed second (6:45.8) at the Big Ten/ACC Double Dual… helped the 1V8+ crew to a second place finish in the morning session (6:40.90), and a first place finish in the afternoon session (6:51.20) at the Big Ten Double Dual… placed second (6:32.77) on the first day of the Lake Natoma Invitational… helped the 1V8+ crew to first place finishes at the Big Ten/Big 12 Double Dual (6:55.132), and  the Tennessee Invitational Conference Challenge (6:34.7)… helped 1V8+ crew finish fifth (6:35.990) at the Big Ten Championships… helped team to a fifth place finish at the Big Ten Championships (95 points)… named to UI’s fall Dean’s List… letterwinner.

2014-15… Did not compete in the fall… CRCA Scholar Athlete… Academic All-Big Ten… competed with the 1V8+ crew in all events in the spring… helped the 1V8+ crew top Big Ten foe Michigan State with a 4.4 second margin at the Big Ten Double Dual… helped the 1V8+ crew to a third place result (6:54.239) at the Big Ten Championships… earned a sixth place finish in the 1V8+ finals (7:15.131) at the Big Ten Championships… 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… Did not compete.

Before Iowa… transferred from the University of Miami.

High School… member of high school’s volleyball team… two-time MVP and Coaches Award winner… participated in club rowing as a junior and senior… National Honor Society member… Junior Marshall Award winner… member of Beta Club and student council… high school coach was Byron Walthall.

Personal… Born June 16, 1993 in Barrington, Ill… daughter of Rob and Barb Hawks… broadcast journalism and political science majors.

Why Iowa… I stumbled upon Iowa out of circumstances and it quickly became a place I knew I needed to be. I fell in love with it. The University of Iowa is a place that was warm and welcoming from the start. Seeing how much the athletic department supports their coaches and student athletes was a huge draw for me. Then I met the team and wow, that was it for me. I felt a part of the team before I was even on it. I toured the communications school and was amazed at the opportunities that were available there. Iowa was a place I would have never seen myself at but now it’s a place I wouldn’t see myself without.

My favorite aspect of rowing is… The bonds that you make with your crew! And being out on the water.

What made you want to become a rower… I played sports my entire life and in my free time I lived out on the boat with my dad doing any and every water sport imaginable. When I reached my junior year, I heard about the opportunities for women’s collegiate rowing so my parents urged me to try the sport. I fell in love with it so I quit volleyball and picked up rowing instead. I loved how it meshed my passions of sports and being on the water.