May 26, 2000
CAMDEN, N.J. -- Washington womens rowing coach Jan Harville and four of her varsity rowers received regional all-America recognition and two other Huskies were honored as academic all-Americans as competition got underway at the fourth annual NCAA Womens Rowing Championships Friday.
Harville, in her 13th season as head women's coach and 24th year with the Washington program, was named West Region Coach of the Year by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). She has guided the Husky varsity eight to an undefeated regular season in 2000 and enters the NCAA Championships with two team titles to her credit, in 1997 and 98.
The womens varsity eight had three rowers and its coxswain selected to the West Region First Team: six seat Rika Geyser (Pretoria, South Africa), four seat Anna Mickelson (Bellevue, Wash.) and stroke Sabina Telenska (Prague, Czech Republic) along with coxswain Mary Whipple (Sacramento, Calif.).
The group is now on the national ballot for the final all-America team that will be announced following the NCAA Championships.
Mickelson, a sophomore who won an NCAA title in the varsity four last year, was also named to the CRCA National Academic All-America Team along with teammate Theresa Nygren-Birkholz (Seattle, Wash.). Nominees must have at least a 3.5 grade point average and be a member of their school's nine-person varsity crew.
Mickelson carries a 3.69 cumulative grade point average and is majoring in communications. Nygren-Birkholz, a senior who is the two seat in the varsity eight, has a 3.56 gpa and is a double major in microbiology and zoology.
The Husky varsity eight, currently ranked No. 2 in the country, is undefeated this season.