HADLEY, Mass. - The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) recently announced its Pocock All-America team for the 2017 season. The CRCA All-America squad, which recognizes the outstanding performances of rowers and coxswains at NCAA Division III institutions, featured eight individuals from five separate NESCAC squads.
Bates, the 2017 NCAA National Champions and NESCAC Champions, were represented by juniors Rosemary Kyne and Olivia Stockly. Stockly was recognized for the second straight year, earning a spot on the All-America First Team, while Kyne was named to the Second Team.
Wesleyan had two rowers land on the All-America teams for the first time in their collegiate careers. Senior Ava Miller-Lewis was selected to the First Team, while rookie Annalee Holmdahl was named to the Second Team. Williams also placed two athletes on the All-America squads. Senior Gabrielle Markel collected her second All-America honor with a spot on the First Team, while sophomore Eileen Russell earned Second Team honors.
Colby senior coxswain Susannah Donoho garnered All-America recognition with a spot on the Second Team and junior Sera Busse of Tufts rounded out the NECAC rowers, earning First Team honors.
Additionally, Bates head coach Peter Steenstra and his staff were honored as the best in Division III by the organization.
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 14, 2016); the student-athlete must have rowed at least 75% of the season's races in the varsity boat (all races before and including May 14, 2016); 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.
According to the CRCA, the coaching awards "are voted on by the membership of the CRCA and are intended to recognize head coaches whose teams have had outstanding success throughout the current season and who have demonstrated a high level of professionalism and integrity as a coach. The staff of the year awards are intended to recognize a staff who has had a significant impact on the performance of their team, has shown outstanding commitment to their coach and has demonstrated a high level of professionalism and integrity as a staff."