Four Bears Earn All-America Honors

May 31, 2006

BERKELEY, CALIF. - Cal's national champion women's crew placed two rowers - seniors Kaylan Vander Schilden and Erin Cafaro - on the College Rowing Coaches Association first team All-America squad, the CRCA announced today. The Bears also had two athletes - junior Jelena Djukic and freshman Krista Ellis (coxswain) - on the CRCA second team All-America Squad.

The awards, presented by Pocock, recognize the outstanding accomplishments of female rowers and coxswains for the spring season. Forty-two student-athletes were honored, 20 first-team selections and 22 second-team selections. Nine schools had multiple selections, led by Princeton and California with four apiece. Brown and Notre Dame each had three All-America selections (first or second team).

Twenty-three of the 42 student-athletes were participants at the NCAA Championships last weekend, including 16 of the 20 first-team selections. The national champion Golden Bears produced two first-team All-Americans and two second-team All-Americans. Princeton had four first-team All-America selections this season.

The West Region produced the most All-America selections with 13, including five first-team honorees. The New England Region also produced five first-team All-America selections. The Central Region produced the second-most All-Americans with 10 total.

California finished second in all three of its grand finals last Sunday, enough to propel the Bears to their second consecutive NCAA team title. The strong performances earned Cal 66 points in the team competition, the same total as Brown; with a higher position in the varsity eight race, Cal was awarded the championship.

2006 Pocock First-Team All-America SelectionsDeborah Dryer           BrownGillian Almy            BrownKaylan Vander Schilden  CaliforniaErin Cafaro             CaliforniaSarah Cooper            ClemsonKate Davison            DartmouthChristen Brown          Michigan StateJennifer Barnes         MinnesotaAmanda Polk             Notre DameNinett Kossowsky        Ohio StateCaroline Lind           PrincetonDevan Darby             PrincetonJaqueline Zider         PrincetonElizabeth Agnew         Princeton (coxswain)Ligita Kaviere          Southern CaliforniaHeather Gardner         VirginiaMegan Kalmoe            WashingtonSarah Waterfield        Washington StateRachel Jeffers          YaleMaria Stevens           Yale

2005 Pocock Second-Team All-America SelectionsRachel Dearborn BrownJelena Djukic CaliforniaKrista Ellis California (coxswain)Krystina Sarff Central FloridaLia Hart DukeKate Austin George WashingtonLaura Lazaridis IndianaLiz Stewart Loyola MarymountEllen Tomek MichiganKatherine Glessner NortheasternJulie Sobolewski Notre DameSarah Palandech Notre DameAnnabelle Fago Ohio StateCaroline Leibinger Oregon StateAshley Luther Southern MethodistSusan BeVille StanfordErin-Monique Shelton TennesseeVanessa Teff UCLATatiana Boldyreva Southern CaliforniaMelanie Kok VirginiaJody Thomas Washington StateKirby Gallie Wisconsin

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