Women's Rowers Honored by CRCA

CRCA All-Region Teams
CRCA Scholar Athletes

PHILADELPHIA - The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) has announced its Division I All-Region teams for 2010, and five Penn women were honored in the Mid Atlantic Region, tied with Princeton for most in the region.

Nominated student-athletes are evaluated on the strength of their team's regional finish, coaches recommendations and 2,000-meter erg score. Nominees must be eligible student-athletes who have competed in their teams' varsity boat in 75 percent of races this season.

These athletes will be eligible for All-America awards selection following the NCAA Rowing Championships. The NCAA regatta will be held May 28-30 on Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif.

Senior Natassya Bedos and juniorElizabeth Donald were first-team selections, while junior Rebecca Donald, sophomore Kelly Burke, and sophomore coxswain Rachel Pattison were second-team honorees.

ForLiz Donald, it marked her second time being honored as a first-team selection, while her twin sister Rebecca was a second-team selection for the third-straight year. Bedos was an all-region selection two years ago at Mary Washington College, before transferring to Penn.

All five women were a part of Penn's varsity eight, which took fifth place at EAWRC Sprints two weeks ago. It marked the second time in three years the Quakers have finished fifth in the varsity eight race; prior to 2008, the last time Penn made the grand final was 1991 and the last time they finished fifth or better was 1982.

Another member of that boat, senior Meg Gilley, was named a CRCA Scholar Athlete along with fellow senior Evelyn Boettcher.