University of Iowa Athletics

Nicole Mitchell

Class Jr.
Hometown Auckland City, New Zealand
High School Pukekohe
Nicole Mitchell - Women's Rowing - University of Iowa Athletics

2014-15… Competed with the 2V8+ crew at the Head of the Des Moines and against Indiana in the fall… helped the 2V8+ crew finish second at the Head of the Des Moines with a time of 17:58.744… and helped the crew finish ahead of Indiana in scrimmages.

2013-14… Competed at Clemson meet finishing runner-up in 2V8+ boat (6:56.42)… competed in Iowa home Regatta in 2V8+ boat helping Iowa to a fourth place finish (6:59.00)… placed sixth (7:50.70) and third (7:10.80) at Clemson Invite on 2V8+… helped Iowa sweep Tennessee, competed on 2V8+ (7:39.00)… competed in Big Ten Championships in 1V8 with a sixth place finish (7:28.03).

Before Iowa… Attended the University of Auckland for a semester before transferring to Iowa… qualified for rowing national championships… (high school) three year member high school’s rowing team… qualified for North Island rowing championships for both school and club in 2009 and 2011… four year member of high school’s cross country team… three-time cross country national qualifier… national cross country champion in 2005… three-time North Island athletic champion in both 800 meter and 1,500 meter from 2006-2008… member of high school’s netball team… four-time regional netball team member… four-time overall school athletics champion… also member of high school’s swim team… passed her senior with Merit and 20 percent overall in the country… passed both junior and sophomore years with excellence and five percent overall in the country.

Personal… Born July 18, 1993 in Pukekohe, New Zealand… daughter of Lewis and Belinda Mitchell… pre-law/economics major.

Why Iowa… I had always wanted to go to a university in America. The level of competition here for sports and the facilities and coaching staff that is available to us is amazing. It seemed like such an amazing experience and I thought that I would always regret not taking up the scholarship offer if I didn’t come. Iowa also looked like an amazing place and I wanted to go to a university in a smaller town.

My favorite aspect of rowing is… It pushes you to your limits. I have never done a sport that is so mentally and physically tough, which makes it that much more rewarding.

What made you want to become a rower… I had been told that I had a good physique for rowing so when I saw rowing tryouts in the newsletter, I wanted to give it a shot.