HADLEY, Mass. - The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) announced its Pocock All-America teams for the 2019 season. The CRCA All-America squad, which recognizes the outstanding performances of rowers and coxswains at NCAA Division III institutions, featured five individuals from NESCAC schools.
Bates, the 2019 NCAA National Champions and NESCAC Champions, was represented by seniors senior Lena Rintell and junior Hannah Fitts. Rintell capped off her collegiate rowing career earned her first All-America honor with a spot on the First Team. Rintell was the only senior in the first varsity eight boat this season. She was in the 1V her entire Bates career, helping Bates win three NCAA titles as well as the Collegiate Eights race at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta last fall. Fitts sat in the seven seat of the 1V right behind Rintell at the NCAA Championships. A Second Team All-American, its also marks Fitts' first All-America honor of her career. Fitts has been in the first varsity eight boat since day one at Bates and has been part of three national championship teams.
Seniors Sarah Osborn and Allison Quintana represented Wesleyan on the All-America squads. Osborn, who was named to the First Team, and Quintana, who garnered a spot on the Second Team, helped lead Wesleyan to its best finish ever at the NCAA Division III Women's Rowing Championships as the Cardinals claimed fourth overall. It also marked Wesleyan's fourth straight trip to the national postseason regatta and second consecutive as a team.
Hamilton senior Danielle Schuman represented the Continentals, earning First Team All-America honors. She helped Hamilton earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship. The Continentals finished sixth at the national regatta in their second appearance in program history.
Additionally, the Bates women’s rowing coaching staff led by head coach Peter Steenstra was named Division III Staff of the Year for the third consecutive year after leading the Bobcats to their third straight NCAA title. According to the CRCA, the staff of the year awards is "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."
CRCA All-Americans are chosen on the basis of six factors: strength of schedule; regular season record; end of season regatta results; nomination rank; coach's comments; and 2,000-meter erg score.