Several Brown Rowers Honored by CRCA as All-Region Selections and Scholar-Athletes

PROVIDENCE, R.I.  – On the heels of their 15th-consecutive NCAA Championship, five members of Brown women's crew have been selected to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) All-Region teams. Eight student-athletes were also honored as CRCA National Scholar-Athletes for boasting a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher for their careers.

Seniors Tessie Allen (Edinsboro, N.J.), Casey Kelsey (Lyme, N.H.), and coxswain Ellie Smith (Brookline, Mass.), and sophomore Tessa Gobbo (Chesterfield, N.H.), were all named to the First Team, while junior Allison Courtin (Buffalo, N.Y). was a Second Team selection.

These awards recognize the outstanding performances of rowers and coxswains from each of the five regions, organized into first and second-team selections. 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 award winners will be eligible for All-America awards selection following the NCAA Rowing Championships. The NCAA regatta will be held May 27-29 on Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif.

Seniors Catherine Borders (Winnetka, Ill.), Anne Hooper (Dover, Mass.), Kelsey, Lauren Libfraind (Princeton, N.J.), Hope Richardson (Washington, D.C.) and Petra Weiss Barrington, R.I.), juniors Laura McLellan (Watertown, Mass.) and Beatrice Sims (North Grafton, Mass.), and sophomore Elizabeth Mills (Washington, D.C.) were named scholar athletes.

Last year, Brown and head coach John Murphy placed fifth at the NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championship, held at the same venue as 2011.

With their fifth-place finish, the Bears have placed in the top-five at all 14 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships, winning six NCAA titles and finishing second three more times.

Brown has won more national championships than any other collegiate program since the championships inception in 1997. Washington is second with three titles, while California is third with two.

ALL-NEW ENGLAND REGION FIRST TEAM

Tessie Allen, Brown

Tessa Gobbo, Brown

Casey Kelsey, Brown

Emily Dreissigacker, Dartmouth

Hayley Daniell, Dartmouth

Stephanie Madner, Yale

Caroline Nash, Yale

Liv Coffey, Harvard-Radcliffe

Veronica Townsend, Northeastern

Megan O'Brien, University of Rhode Island

Ellie Smith, Brown, coxswain

 

ALL-NEW ENGLAND REGION SECOND TEAM

Allison Courtin, Brown

Katherine Roddy, Dartmouth

Cathy McDermott, Yale

Liz Soutter, Harvard-Radcliffe

Laura Carroll, Northeastern

Brittany Tovee, Boston University

Erin Roche, Boston College

Rachel Buff, Northeastern, coxswain

 

2011 CRCA National Scholar-Athlete Majors

Catherine 

Borders

Biology + Economics

Anne

Hooper

Economics

Casey

Kelsey

Biology + Economics

Lauren

Libfraind

Biology

Laura

McLellan

Environmental Studies

Elizabeth

Mills

History

Hope

Richardson

Urban Studies + Architectural Studies

Beatrice

Petra

Sims

Weiss

Math-Computer Science

Economics