Heather Piekarz, Women's Rowing, Hamilton College
Heather Piekarz is the most accomplished coxswain in the nearly 20-year history of Hamilton College women's rowing. She capped her career by being the coxswain on the second team of the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association's (CRCA) 2016 All-America Team. She made her second appearance on the All-America team after earning First Team All-America recognition in 2015. A second-team pick to the 2016 NESCAC All-Conference Team, she recently received Hamilton's Jean-Marius Gelas Memorial Award as the female senior student-athlete who displayed outstanding development in sportsmanship, leadership, character and athletic ability.
Piekarz coxed Hamilton's varsity 8 the past two years. In 2015, she helped the Continentals to their first appearance at the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships, where they placed fourth in the team standings after their top boat earned the bronze medal in the grand final. In 2016, the Continentals placed fifth in the New York State Collegiate Championship regatta's grand final and took fourth in the petite final at the National Invitational Rowing Championships. Hamilton's varsity 8 ranked 10th in the final 2016 national coaches poll.
Piekarz was also named a CRCA National-Scholar Athlete for the third consecutive year. She is a three-time NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team honoree.