McGrath, Allen Earn Postseason Rowing Honors

May 24, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. - Four members of the Washington State University women's rowing varsity eight squad were named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) West Region teams the CRCA announced Wednesday.

The quartet was led by sophomore Corrie McGrath (Marysville, Calif.) who was a first team selection for the second consecutive year. In addition, seniors Sarah Allen (Seattle, Wash.) and Amy Armstrong (Victoria, British Columbia) earned second team honors while freshman Emily Tribe (Melbourne, Australia) garnered a third team pick.

'She is very deserving of that award,' WSU coach Tammy Crawford said of McGrath. 'Her selection is based on how the other coaches perceive her and what her attributes are to our team. It speaks well of her.'

Along with the announcement of the all-region squads, the CRCA announced its National Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Four Cougars - Allen, Larson, Gunilla Grafnings (Siljansnas, Sweden) and Jennifer Hughes (Anchorage, Alaska) - earned West Region selections.

'I think it is a great reward for them to be recognized for their ability to be good students and their ability to be great athletes too,' said Crawford, who herself was honored by the CRCA as the West Region Coach of the Year. 'All of those athletes are real contributors to the team athletically and for them to be successful students as well says a lot.'

In addition to her CRCA honors, Allen secured a place on the All-Pac-10 team. Allen, who served as the team captain, returned to action in the spring after missing the fall season with a shoulder injury.

'Sarah was faced with some physical challenges and she was just a trooper through them,' said Crawford. 'There was never any doubt in her mind where she was going to be in the spring and she just kept her sight on that. I think she is an all-conference kind of athlete. This is a great recognition for her.'
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