Women's Rowers Earn CRCA Awards

CRCA All-Region Teams

PHILADELPHIA - The College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) has announced its All-Region teams for the 2008 season, and five Pennwomen -- includingfour returnees for 2009 -- were selected in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Overall, there are five regions for the NCAA Division I programs.

For the Quakers, senior Gracie Kaplan-Stein and junior Meg Gilley were first-team selections, while junior Kristen Haneman, freshman Rebecca Donald and freshman coxswain Carey Sloane were second-team honorees. All four women raced on Penn’s varsity eight this spring, which placed fifth in the grand final at the EAWRC Sprints on May 18. It marked the first time the program’s varsity eight made the grand final since 1991, and the best finish in the varsity race since 1982.

Penn’s varsity boat is ranked 19th nationally in the latest poll, which was released May 21.

Only Princeton matched Penn on the Mid-Atlantic All-Region team, as the Tigers also had four rowers and a cox on the first and second teams. Overall, 18 rowers and two coxswains were honored in the region.

“Being selected to these teams is very exciting for our athletes,” said head coach Mike Lane, who recently completed his second year at the program’s helm. “As we move our program to the next level, these awards -- as well as the opportunity to possibly be named an All-American -- is a big deal. This country has a lot of very good women’s rowers, and to have some of our athletes in the same pool is exciting.”

In addition, the CRCA has announced the scholar atheletes for the 2008 season, and Penn senior Laura Fox and junior Kathryn Purdy were honored with the recognition.

All student-athletes nationwide who achieved the criteria described below were named CRCA National Scholar-Athlete...

• In her second, third, or fourth year of eligibility.
• Rowed in her institution’s NCAA or IRA eligible boat(s) for a minimum of 75 percent of the current spring races or racing in a regional conference event.
• Has had a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher for her career (through the fall semester/quarter for the current competition year).
• The head coach of the student-athlete’s institution was a member in good standing of the CRCA as of May 1, 2008.

“I am very proud of our scholar athlete winners,” said Lane. “They have proven that you can excel at multiple things while in college. Academics is something that is very important as a student-athlete, and being recognized for not only what Katie and Laura do on the water, but also what they do off the water is really cool.”