Five Australian athletes, and recent U23 representatives of Australia, have been named as 2016 Pocock Division All-America Athletes. Sarah Davis, Stephanie Williams and Lilly Tinapple were named as 2016 First Team All-America Award winners, while Jacinta Edmunds was named in the second team. In addition, freshman Josie Theile was named in the Lightweight All-America Team.
The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association announced the awards at the end of last week and recognise the outstanding performances of rowers and coxswains on the national level in women’s collegiate rowing.
Sarah Davis from Canberra, ACT and Stephanie Williams from Launceston, Tasmania were part of the Ohio State’s national champion First Varsity Eight, which closed the year with a 46-2 record overall and 12-2 mark in races. Ohio State became the first team in NCAA history to win three-consecutive national titles in the First Varsity Eight with its victory at the NCAA regatta in May.
This is Davis’ second All-America award of her career, after earning first-team honours as a freshman in 2015. Davis, who attended Radford College, is a back-to-back NCAA and Big Ten event champion for Ohio State. Williams, from who, when in Australia, has rowed out of Mersey RC and Tamar RC, is a three-year member of the First Varsity Eight, a three-time NCAA and Big Ten Champion and this is her first All-America award to date.
Stanford’s Tinapple was one of five All-America athletes named from her college. The Perth-local, who is a member of Swan River RC, competed in Stanford’s Varsity Eight that finished third in the NCAA Championships at Lake Natoma in May this year.
Queenslander Jacinta Edmunds was named in the second team All-America list after her performances on and off the water for University of California, Berkeley. The recent graduate, who comes from Brisbane, was part of the UC Berkeley crew that finished second to Ohio State in the Varsity Eight at the NCAA Championships. UC Berkeley went on to be crowned the overall winners of the NCAA Championships after winning performances from their Women’s Four and Second Varsity Eight.
Rounding off the group of Australian athletes named by the CRCA, was Harvard freshman Josie Thiele. Thiele, from Hamilton in Queensland and who attended Brisbane Girls Grammar. Thiele, who represented Australia at the Junior World Championships in 2015, was the stroke of Harvard-Radcliffe’s lightweight varsity eight that medaled for the fifth-straight year, taking home bronze at the IRA National Championships on Mercer Lake.
General requirements for nominating a student-athlete for CRCA post-season honours are:
-The student-athlete must meet all eligibility rules as defined by her institution
-The student-athlete must have rowed at least 75% of the current spring season’s races in the varsity boat (before and including May 19, 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
The nominated student-athletes are then selected to 1st and 2nd teams based on the following criteria:
– Strength of finish of the institution’s varsity eight within the country
– Coach comments
– 2k erg score
Details for Lightweight nominations can be found here.