Our Recruitment

The University of Iowa women’s rowing team is looking for future Hawkeyes who have a strong desire to pursue excellence.  These individuals are committed to being championship-caliber athletes, students and community members.  They demonstrate actions that represent excellent teamwork and an understanding of the importance of positive, productive, and cooperative relationships within a team.  These athletes have exceptional mental and physical approaches to training and welcome the challenge of competing at the highest level of NCAA athletics.  Prospective Hawkeyes are excited to be a part of the next generation and to join their teammates in leading the program to greater heights.

Experienced Rowing Athletes

We are looking for experienced rowers who will take pride in being a student and athlete at the University of Iowa.  Ideal prospects understand the demands of high-performance athletics and have developed a positive approach to rowing-specific training that will contribute to an excellent team environment.  A successful Hawkeye rower is someone who continually pushes to improve their standard, both on and off the water, as they aim to join their teammates in achieving at the highest level.

If this sounds like you, please fill out our questionnaire and email coordinator of recruitment, Coach Whitty at alison-whitty@iowarowing.com to start your recruiting journey.

Preferred Ergometer Stats

  • 2,000m @ 110 drag factor (score in time)
  • 6,000m @ 110 drag factor (score in time)
  • 1-minute @ 110 drag factor (score in total meters rowed)
  • 10-second @ 190 drag factor (score in highest watts achieved on a stroke)

Additional Recruiting Information

  •       Water video (example below)
  •       Coach recommendation

Talent Transfers

The talent-transfer pathway is designed specifically for individuals who have never rowed but who have a strong athletic background and are interested in transferring their athletic talents to compete at the highest level of NCAA rowing.  Historically, the University of Iowa’s top rowing athletes have come through this unique pathway.  Successful candidates embrace the opportunity to reinvent themselves athletically and approach challenges with excitement and determination.  They are committed to contributing to the success of the team at the Big Ten and NCAA Championship levels.

Hawkeyes recruited through our talent-transfer pathway have been a cornerstone of the program’s competitive success.  Iowa rowing has a reputation for being one of the best talent-development programs in the NCAA.  At the past three NCAA Championships, an average of 70 percent of the roster started their rowing careers as freshmen, with several receiving All-Big Ten, All-American, and National Scholar-Athlete honors.

Do you have what it takes to be a collegiate rowing athlete at Iowa?

  • Are you 5’9” or taller?
  • Are you somebody who is athletically fit and has high kinesthetic awareness?
  • Are you mentally tough, team oriented, coachable, and committed to excellence?

To learn more about this pathway, please contact coordinator of recruitment, Coach Whitty at alison-whitty@iowarowing.com

Homegrown Hawkeyes

The Homegrown Hawkeyes program is an athletic talent search and scholarship opportunity for Iowa’s top female athletes.  The search is aimed at athletes who have never rowed but are driven to compete at the highest level of NCAA athletics and would be excited to transfer their athletic talents to a new sport at the collegiate level.

Homegrown Hawkeyes have helped lead the team to multiple top-10 national rankings, team-record NCAA Championship finishes, and wins over World Championship medalists while on tour in Europe.  Some of these same Homegrown Hawkeyes have become All-Big Ten honorees, All-Americans, and national-team members.

Through this unique program, we aim to provide an opportunity for Iowa’s top student-athletes to become key players in the next generation of Hawkeyes.  A world-class education and athletic experience is waiting for our state’s best at Iowa’s very own Big Ten university.

Do you have what it takes to be a Homegrown Hawkeye?

  • Are you a high school junior or senior in the state of Iowa?
  • Are you 5’9” or taller?
  • Are you somebody who is athletically fit and has high kinesthetic awareness?
  • Are you mentally tough, team oriented, coachable, and committed to excellence?

If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, you could have what it takes to become a Homegrown Hawkeye.  Please use the links below to nominate yourself or another athlete.

To learn more about the Homegrown Hawkeye talent search and scholarship opportunity, please contact coordinator of recruitment, Coach Whitty at alison-whitty@iowarowing.com