July 31, 2002
Ann Arbor, Mich. - The women on Washington's NCAA champion varsity eight-oared crew continue to earn recognition for their achievements during the 2002 season as three Huskies were honored on the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) All-America Team that was announced Wednesday.
Recent graduates Anna Mickelson (Bellevue,Wash.) and Mary Whipple (Sacramento, Calif.) along with senior-to-be Heidi Hurn (Redmond, Wash.) all earned first team honors on the prestigious team that includes 22 women from Division I institutions around the country. Washington was the only school to have three women on the first team.
Mickelson, Whipple and Hurn all were a part of Washington's undefeated varsity eight that captured the NCAA championship on Eagle Creek in Indianapolis back on June 2. The title, which the Huskies' also won in 2001, was Washington's fourth in the event since 1997.
Whipple, UW's varsity coxswain for three years, is a three-time first team all-American. Mickelson, also a three-year varsity rower and a 2002 CRCA Academic All-American, earned second team honors as a sophomore and first team honors as a junior. Hurn earned the all-America honor after her first season in the varsity boat.
Mickelson and Whipple are coming off a gold medal performance in the women's elite eight race at the USRowing National Championship Regatta in Camden, N.J. last weekend. The pair competed as a part of the Princeton Training Center A team, with whom they are in U.S. National Team training camp at the Princeton campus. Hurn also competed last weekend, at the World Under-23 Regatta in Genoa, Italy and earned a silver medal in the women's pair with former teammate Kara Nykreim (Kirkland, Wash.).
The CRCA All-America award, in its fourth year, is designed to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of female rowers and coxswains during the current season. The All-America first and second teams were selected by the regional chairpersons following the NCAA Championships from the rowers who had received All-Region first team honors. For each of the five regions, 12 rowers and, if nominated, a coxswain received first team honors and were eligible for national recognition.
2002 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Awards
Rosemary Branson-Gill - Brown University Krista Buzzell - Michigan State University Megan Cooke - University of California, Berkeley Madeline Engel - University of Virginia Aimee Fox - Clemson University Joanna Hingle - Duke University Heidi Hurn - University of Washington Sarah-Jane Irwin - University of Pennsylvania Connie Kirsch - Ohio State University Sabrina Kolker - Stanford University Jillian Kott - Syracuse University Katie Lakin - Duke University Jessica Lanning - Brown University Tamara McBratney - University of Michigan Melissa Merritt - Yale University Christina Meyer - University of Michigan Anna Mickelson - University of Washington Lia Pernell - Princeton University Kate Phillips - Princeton University Jennifer Reck - University of Virginia Kate Wetmore - Yale University Mary Whipple - University of Washington (coxswain)