Did not compete.
Before Iowa... transferred from the University of Miami.
High School... member of high school's volleyball team... two-time MVP and Coaches Award winner... participated in club rowing as a junior and senior... National Honor Society member... Junior Marshall Award winner... member of Beta Club and student council... high school coach was Byron Walthall.
Personal... Born June 16, 1993 in Barrington, Ill... daughter of Rob and Barb Hawks... broadcast journalism and political science majors.
Why Iowa... I stumbled upon Iowa out of circumstances and it quickly became a place I knew I needed to be. I fell in love with it. The University of Iowa is a place that was warm and welcoming from the start. Seeing how much the athletic department supports their coaches and student athletes was a huge draw for me. Then I met the team and wow, that was it for me. I felt a part of the team before I was even on it. I toured the communications school and was amazed at the opportunities that were available there. Iowa was a place I would have never seen myself at but now it's a place I wouldn't see myself without.
My favorite aspect of rowing is... The bonds that you make with your crew! And being out on the water.
What made you want to become a rower... I played sports my entire life and in my free time I lived out on the boat with my dad doing any and every water sport imaginable. When I reached my junior year, I heard about the opportunities for women's collegiate rowing so my parents urged me to try the sport. I fell in love with it so I quit volleyball and picked up rowing instead. I loved how it meshed my passions of sports and being on the water.