May 23, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The NCAA South Region champions Tennessee took home a slew of honors as the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) announced its regional awards and national scholar-athletes. Senior Lauren Wells, junior Rachel Mayberry and freshman Erin-Monique Shelton grabbed first-team All-South Region accolades, while sophomore Krista Gearing snagged second-team honors. Junior Stephanie Davis and sophomore Nina Dobratz earned CRCA National Scholar-Athlete recognition, while head coach Lisa Glenn received the South Region Coach of the Year award for the third time in four years.
Wells (London, Ontario), one of two seniors on the Lady Vols' roster, has only missed one race in four years with the First Eights crew. She will be making her fourth straight appearance at the NCAA Rowing Championships, the first UT rower to have that distinction
Mayberry (Woodbridge, Va.) has been a part of the top V8+ crew the past two seasons, helping the squad to a program-best eighth-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Championships. She is one of four Lady Vols to be making her second appearance at the national regatta, being held this weekend on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J.
Shelton (Upper Hutt, New Zealand) ranks as the only freshman in the First Eights and is the first rower in Tennessee history from outside of North America.
Gearing (Fenwick, Ontario), along with the other three, helped propel the Lady Vols' First Eight to a third-place finish at the Aramark Central/South Region Sprints. The bronze gave Tennessee its first NCAA South Region title and secured the squad's first full-team berth in the NCAA Championships.
The All-Region awards are designed to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of female rowers and coxswains during the current season. The nomination criteria include meeting eligibility rules as defined by her institution, participating in at least 75 percent of the season's races in the varsity boat and the student-athlete's head coach must be a member in good standing of the CRCA. A maximum of four athletes plus one coxswain per institution may be nominated. The All-Region teams were selected as follows: Teams with varsity eight boats that were ranked in the top six regionally as of the final NCAA Regional Ranking had athletes automatically distributed to the All-Region teams. At-large selections (for rowers from teams that have varsity eight boats which finished outside the top six regionally) were chosen by the Division I Awards committee based on boat performance, 2K erg score and coaches' comments. Coxswains were also selected by the Division I awards committee based on boat performance and coaches' comments.
The two National Scholar-Athletes this season brings UT's career total to 22 in the past six years. This is the second straight year the Lady Vols have seen two of its athletes honored on that list.
Davis (Martin, Tenn.) served as coxswain for the First Eights most of the spring before leading the Second Eights' to a second-place showing in the petite final at the Aramark Sprints.
The Portland, Ore., native Dobratz also was a part of the Varsity 8+ shell all year, assisting the crew to down five ranked teams at the Aramark Sprints.
The National Scholar-Athlete award is designed to recognize the outstanding academic accomplishments of female rowers and coxswains during the current season. The criteria include meeting eligibility rules as defined by her institution, participating in their second, third or fourth year of eligibility, participating in at least 75 percent of the season's races in the varsity boat, the student-athlete's head coach must be a member in good standing of the CRCA and the student-athlete must have a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA through the fall semester of the current season.
For the third time in four years, Glenn was selected as the South Region's Coach of the Year. In her eighth year on Rocky Top, the Orange and White have accomplished goals never done before at Tennessee. The squad won five gold medals during the fall, including the third in five years at the Head of the Charles Regatta in the Club 8+. This spring, the team swept the varsity events from Louisville, took two races from UCLA and saw her Varsity 4+ shells beat Michigan and Princeton to the line during the spring season. Under her guidance, the Lady Vols grabbed their first NCAA South Region title over Virginia, who had won the past three crowns.
The Regional Coach of the Year award is intended to recognize a coach who has experienced outstanding success during the season, demonstrated great team improvement from the prior season, fulfilled their team's potential and/or demonstrated a high level of professionalism and integrity as a coach. The other Regional Coaches of the Year are Martin Stone of Notre Dame (Central), Lori Dauphiny of Princeton (Mid-Atlantic), Holly Hatton of Boston University (New England) and Jane LaRiviere of Washington State (West).
The Lady Vols make their full-team debut at the NCAA Rowing Championships on Friday, May 26. Rutgers University and the Princeton National Rowing Association are hosting the event that runs through Sunday, May 28 on Mercer Lake at the Finn Caspersen Rowing Center.
|2006 CRCA All-South Region Teams|
|Jenna Sample (cox.)||Louisville|
|Lisy McIntee||North Carolina|
|Sarah Shapiro (cox.)||Duke|
|2006 CRCA National Scholar Athletes|
|South Region Only|
|Adriann Spinks||Exercise and Sports Science||North Carolina|
|Lisy McIntee||Peace War and Defense||North Carolina|
|Brittney Gamble||Political Science||Clemson|
|Lizzy Jennings||Political Science||Clemson|
|Suzanne Van Fleet||Early Childhood Education||Clemson|
|Whitney McMahon||International Business||Texas|
|Laura Brad||Health Sciences||UCF|
|Heather Brooks||Physical Education||UCF|
|Caitlin Pauls||Health Sciences||UCF|
|Erin Riegel||Film Production||UCF|
|Nicole Alderson||Health Promotion||Louisville|
|Lisa Terreberry||Elementary Education||Louisville|
|Beth Daunhauer||Exercise Science||Louisville|
|Stephanie Davis||Social Work||Tennessee|
|Nina Dobratz||College Scholars||Tennessee|
|CRCA Regional Coaches of the Year|
|Jane LaRiviere||Washington State||West|
|Martin Stone||Notre Dame||Central|
|Holly Hatton||Boston University||New England|