IOWA CITY, Iowa— University of Iowa rowing coach Jeff Garbutt announced Monday that eight student-athletes have officially signed to compete for the Hawkeyes.
“We are very happy about this course. It’s a class of athletes and especially leaders. They are the kind of women who embody our culture and what it means to be a Hawkeye. They will be a perfect fit for us and the team can’t wait to welcome them to Iowa City in August!”
Emma Rayner, who hails from Marlow Rowing Club in Marlow, England, was the 2021 UK National Schools Regatta Champion and 2021 Henley Women’s Regatta Champion in J16 4x. Emma, along with her twin sister Annabel, will be following in the footsteps of current Iowa junior Emma Dabinett, also of Marlow Rowing Club. Rayner plans to study physical education while in Iowa.
JEFF GARBUTT about EMMA RAYNER
“We are delighted that Emma is joining our program. She has had an outstanding junior rowing career at Marlow Rowing Club in the UK and we are excited to bring her experience and talent to Iowa City.”
Rayner, also from Marlow Rowing Club, will join the Hawkeyes as a two-time UK National Schools Regatta Champion. These titles come from the Champ 4x in 2022 and the J16 4x in 2021. The same 2021 J16 4x entry won the Henley Women’s Regatta with Rayner in the two seats. Annabel plans to study physical education during her time in Iowa.
JEFF GARBUTT about ANNABEL RAYNER
“Annabel is one of the best junior rowers in the UK and also rows with her sister Emma at Marlow Rowing Club. Her pedigree as a competitor will greatly complement our program.”
Karen Carey comes to Iowa from the Cappoquin Boat Club in Waterford Co., Ireland. Karen started rowing by jumping into every boat she could for an opportunity to compete. She competed in many races as a “reserve” for the men’s crews and often found herself filling in. This determination earned her a spot on the junior team for Ireland’s Home International Regatta in 2022. Karen comes from the same club as current graduate student, and member of 1V8 Lisa Murphy. Karen plans to study engineering during her time in Iowa.
JEFF GARBUTT about KAREN CAREY
“We found Karen in Cappoquin, Ireland. Her tenacity and competitive spirit impressed us throughout the recruitment process and we look forward to welcoming her and the intensity she brings to the program.”
Harris has traded her skis for oars as she joins the Hawkeyes of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Meghan has been training at Row Ontario Next-Generation Performance Center for the past few months after being identified as an aspiring rower in Canada. Prior to that, she spent most of her athletic career competing in ski cross, culminating in winning the Ontario U19 Provincial Championships. With rowing in the family, Meghan first competed with her sister in the U23 twice at the 2022 Row Ontario Provincial Championships where the duo won the silver medal. Meghan plans to study psychology during her time in Iowa.
JEFF GARBUTT on MEGHAN HARRIS
“Meghan is new to rowing, growing up she competed in alpine skiing but transitioned into rowing through Canada’s Next Gen program. After Meghan decided to focus on rowing, she has shown great potential. We’re excited to see them growing here in Iowa.”
Allen is from Brisbane, Australia as the 2020 and 2021 High School Athlete of the Year. For 2022, Issy received an All-State selection for the Queensland Schoolgirls Rowing Team. Outside of rowing, Issy excelled in swimming and water polo, winning Coach’s Awards in both. Allen plans to study exercise science and business administration while in Iowa.
JEFF GARBUTT about ISSY ALLEN
“Issy has shown great maturity throughout the recruitment process. It’s a perfect fit for us as a program and we’re excited to see how it plays out in Iowa.”
Schwickerath is a prolific swimmer who is ready to take her athletics to rowing for the Hawkeyes. As a senior captain, Evan began her career with the Waukee Warriors as a 2020 freshman of the year and ended up as a senior caption, leading her team to their second Team State Championship (2021 & 2022). During her time at Waukee, she has won the Leadership Award and multiple academic awards. Evan plans to major in engineering with a minor in business administration while in Iowa.
JEFF GARBUTT about EVAN SCHWICKERATH
“Evan is a Hawkeye through and through. She was one of the best swimmers in Iowa at Waukee. Her family has strong Hawkeye roots and we are delighted that she is joining our program.”
Ensenberger, also with a swimming background, will join the Hawkeyes to begin their rowing career. Abby was a WIAA Division 1 high school state qualifier for swimming in 2020, 2021 and 2022. She received the 2020 All-State Award for Achievement and plans to study Pre-Physical Therapy in Iowa.
JEFF GARBUTT about ABBY ENSENBERGER
“Abby is another high profile swimmer to join our program. Hailing from Wisconsin, she is another native Hawkeye for our sign class. We can’t wait to see her sporting potential translate to rowing.”
Adams will bring her volleyball and track talents as one of our native Hawkeyes. Continuing the leadership theme, Lauren was the team captain of her volleyball team in 2022 on her way to earning a spot as the 2nd Team All Conference recipient. Lauren saw even greater success in athletics as a 2021 & 2022 State Qualifier and Most Outstanding Athlete. Not to be outdone by her teaching talents, she was an Academic Letter Recipient, Academic Pin Recipient, and Public Relations Officer for the National Honor Society. Adams plans to study nursing and public health in Iowa.
JEFF GARBUTT about LAUREN ADAMS
“Lauren is a special multi-sportswoman. Throughout the recruitment process, we were amazed by her athletic ability and personality. Lauren will fit perfectly into our program.”