University of Iowa Athletics

Megan Sprengeler

Class Jr.
Hometown Walford, Iowa
High School Prairie

2017-18 — Appeared in one competition on the I V4 crew…placed sixth (17:46.917) at the Head of the Charles on October 22…appeared in 11 competitions on the II V8 crew…fell to Cal (6:34.08), fell to Stanford (6:31.6), and defeated USC (6:35.8) at the PAC 12 Invite on March 31-April 1…defeated No. 18 Michigan State (6:36.1) on April 7…fell to No. 6 Michigan (6:28.3) on April 7…finished runner-up (6:21.0) against No. 6 Yale and No. 4 Princeton on April 14…placed third (7:04.42) at the Longhorn Invitational against Virginia, Texas, and Oregon State on April 28…placed third (6:30.463) at the Big Ten Championship on May 13…helped Iowa to second place (6:36.964) in the Heat 1 Prelim…sixth place (6:46.86) in the Heat 2 Semifinal…sixth place (6:41.92) in the Petite Final at the NCAA Championship on May 25-27… earned Academic All-Big Ten… named Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.

2016-17 — Appeared in six competitions on the 1V4+ crew… helped Iowa to a 12th-place finish overall at the NCAA Championship on May 28 with a sixth-place finish (7:43.90) in the petite final… finished fifth in the A/B semifinal  (7:23.94) at the NCAA Championship on May 27… finished in third (7:11.80) in the first heat and won (7:07.55) the repechage at the NCAA Championship on May 26… helped Iowa to a sixth-place finish (7:18.54) at the Big Ten Championship on May 14… finished runner-up (7:08.30) against Princeton, Penn, and Syracuse 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 (7:25.38) in the morning session and Louisville (7:28.69) in the afternoon session of the Double Dual on April 1… won the first heat (7:01.44) against Duke, Oklahoma, and San Diego and helped Iowa to a runner-up finish (7:13.37) against Texas in the A Final at the Longhorn Invitational on March 25… finished second (14:05.22) on the N8 “A” crew at the Jayhawk Jamboree on Oct. 23.

Before Iowa…Played soccer…Ran cross country…National Honor Society…Science National Honor Society…Honor Roll of Excellence…Silver cord.

Personal…Born Sept. 4, 1998 in Iowa City, Iowa…daughter of John and Kris Kluseman Rutherford…Public health major.

Why Iowa… I liked the academics, the rowing team, and the town.

My favorite aspect of rowing is… Being with the team and the feel of being on the water making a boat move.

What made you want to become a rower… I loved the feeling of being in a boat on the water.