University of Iowa Athletics

Tessa Walsh

Class Sophomore
Hometown Naperville, Ill.
High School Neuqua Valley

2017-18 — Appeared in eight competitions on the I N8 crew…placed first (18:09.087) at the Head of the Des Moines on September 30…placed first (13:32.28) at the Jayhawk Jamboree on October 22…fell to No. 18 Michigan State (7:00.61) on April 7…fell to No. 6 Michigan (6:59.43) on April 7…finished third (6:58.9) against No. 4 Princeton and No. 6 Yale on April 14…finished fourth (7:39.208) in Heat 1 of the Longhorn Invitational against Texas III V8, N8, and Oklahoma on April 28…placed second (7:04.012) in Heat 2 of the Longhorn Invitational against Texas, Alabama, and Miami…finished seventh (7:24.646) at the Big Ten Championship on May 13…also appeared in one competition on the 1 N4 crew…placed second (15:50.23) at the Jayhawk Jamboree on October 22… earned Academic-All Big Ten.

Before Rowing…member of the University of Iowa Women’s Gymnastics team freshman and sophomore year…named Academic All-Big Ten in 2017…participated in USAG Gymnastics through Level 10.

Personal…born April 12, 1997…daughter of Michael and Rebecca Walsh…computer science major.

Why Iowa…When I visited campus as a prospective student, I was in awe that a Big 10 school could maintain a small-town feel. I chose the University of Iowa because of the amazing sense of community and all of the awesome academic and athletic opportunities. It’s great to be a Hawkeye!

My favorite aspect of rowing is…I love that rowing truly is a team sport. Everyone in the boat has to work together in order to improve. It’s fun to work together and watch the boats get better every time out on the water.

What made you want to become a rower…As a lifelong gymnast, switching to any other sport was intimidating to me. However, I was super excited to be taking on a new challenge for my second two years at Iowa. My new rowing family was overwhelmingly welcoming. We have amazing facilities and equipment, and since day one I have found learning a new sport an exciting and challenging opportunity.