Eight Individuals Garner CRCA All-America Honors

HADLEY, Mass. - The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) announced on Tuesday its Pocock All-America team for the 2009 season. This award recognizes the outstanding performances of rowers and coxswains at NCAA Division III institutions. A total of eight NESCAC student-athletes earned All-America honors, with five individuals on the First Team.

Selected to the CRCA All-America First Team were Natalie Jones of Trinity, Nicole Ritchie of Bates, and the Williams tandem of Katherine Robinson, Sam Smith, and Allison Prevatt at cox. The Second Team included Elaine Lauriat of Wesleyan, Ashley Swiggett of Trinity, and Rebecca Waldo of Bates.

Williams won its fourth consecutive NCAA women's rowing title this year on May 30 at Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J. Bates finished second, while Trinity was third.

The general requirements for nominating a student-athlete for CRCA post season honors are:  the student-athlete must meet all eligibility rules as defined by her institution; the student-athlete must have participated in at least 75% of all races during the current season (all races before and including May 3, 2009); the student-athlete must have rowed at least 75% of the season's races in the varsity boat (all race before and including May 3, 2009); the student-athlete must be nominated by her institution; the Head Coach of the student-athlete's institution must be a member in good standing of the CRCA.

Selection criteria includes the following:  strength of schedule; regular season record; end of season regatta results; nomination rank; coach's comments; 2,000 meter erg score.