Iowa rowing headed to Big Ten Championships in Indianapolis

The Hawkeyes enter the event with four Big Ten Boat of the Week honors under their belts.


Braden Ernst

Members of the Iowa rowing team carry a boat back to P. Sue Beckwith, M.D., Boathouse after a rowing practice on Monday, April 11, 2022. The rowing team competes in the Big Ten Invitational in Sarasota, Florida, on Friday and Saturday.

Jake Olson, Sports Reporter

The Iowa rowing team will head to Indianapolis this Sunday for the 2022 Big Ten Championships. The event will be held at the Indianapolis Rowing Center.

The Hawkeyes haven’t competed since April 29, when they hosted a meet in Iowa City.

“Obviously, more strokes are better,” Iowa head coach Jeff Garbutt said of his team’s two-week break. “We have been able to get a lot of preparation this last week. We are all getting more familiar with our crew and trying to row as a team at this time of the year.”

Iowa won four Big Ten Boat of the Week honors during the regular season. The Hawkeyes’ Second Varsity Four won the award most recently.

Iowa will face some stiff competition in Indiana. Four Big Ten teams were ranked inside the College Rowing Coaches Association Top 20 as of May 3: No. 6 Michigan, No. 9 Ohio State, No. 17 Indiana, and No. 18 Rutgers.

Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan State, and Iowa all received votes in the CRCA’s May 3 poll.

“Our goal is for us to have our best weekend,” Garbutt said. “Be the best version of ourselves. I am excited to exceed our seedings in each event and overall exceed expectations.”