June 12, 2008
Providence, RI - After leading the Brown women's crew to its sixth Division I NCAA Rowing Championship, coach John Murphy was named the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Coach of the Year. Also receiving recognition were four varsity crew members, earning CRCA Division I Pocock All-American honors: Seniors Emma Olson (New Haven, CT) and Sarah Wu (North Andover, MA), junior Jessica Stage (Alexandria, VA) and Corey Finnerty-Ludwig (Seattle, WA).
Olson and Stage were named First Team All-American rowers, while Wu earned First Team All-American honors as a coxswain. Finnerty-Ludwig was Brown's other All-American, receiving Second Team honors.
The CRCA award recognizes outstanding performances of individual rowers and coxswains at NCAA Division I institutions. The All-American athletes are selected from those athletes that were already named First-Team All Region. Criteria considered for selection includes boat performance, nomination rank, coach's comments, individual achievements and a 2k erg score. There is also one coxswain named to each team.
The Brown women's crew is the most successful crew in NCAA Division I Rowing history. Under Murphy's guidance, the team has placed in the top three at every NCAA Championship, an accomplishment that no other crew in the country can claim. In May, the Bears claimed its sixth NCAA Championship, as the varsity eight took a close third to Yale and Stanford, the varsity four took third behind powerhouses Washington and Virginia, and the second varsity eight won the gold defeating Ohio State by more than two seconds.