Stanford Women's Rowing Lands Five On CRCA All-America Teams
June 18, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford women's rowing, after winning it's first-ever team and I Eight national championships at the NCAA Championships in late May, had four rowers, Adrienne Fritsch, Jenna Levy, Elle Logan and Erika Roddy, selected to the CRCA Pocock All-America First Team, most of all Division I schools. The Cardinal also had Grace Luczak earn a spot on the second team.
The five Cardinal rowers were instrumental in helping Stanford claim the I Eight National Grand Final at the NCAA Championships in a hotly-contested race on May 31, which in turn clinched the program's first-ever team national title as well.
Levy, the Cardinal I Eight's coxswain, earns her first All-America honor, adding it to the NCAA and Pac-10 gold medals she helped encourage and cajole the boat to in 2009.
Roddy, the boat's stroke, began rowing with the top Cardinal crew in mid-April following the boat's second-place finish at the Lake Natoma Invitational, and over the final month and a half of the season helped the boat to victories at The Big Row over California, the Pac-10 Championships, and the NCAA Championships. Roddy's performance in such a short amount of time with the I Eight boat was so vital to the team's success that she was named Pac-10 Women's Rowing Athlete of the Year.
Logan, rowing in the No. 3 seat on the I Eight, earned her second first-team All-America honor in 2009, completing a rare and unique triple as a collegiate rower. Since August of 2008, Logan, a member of the U.S. Women's Eight that captured the gold at the Beijing Olympic Games, has collected Olympic gold, NCAA gold, and Pac-10 gold, a remarkable feat for the sophomore from Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
The remaining first-team All-American for Stanford, Fritsch, handled rowing duties in the bow seat for the Cardinal I Eight, her second year with the top boat. After helping the boat to a national silver medal last year, Fritsch was part of a crew that bested that result with the gold medal as well as the team title in 2009, earning her first All-America honor.
Luczak, the No. 4 seat on the I Eight, completed a successful first season on The Farm after transferring from Michigan. Making her second NCAA Championship appearance in 2009, after being there last year with the Wolverines, Luczak collected NCAA gold and became Stanford's only representative on the All-America Second Team.