Erica Lewis Named to CRCA All-Region Team

May 26, 2009

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Washington State University rower Erica Lewis has been named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) 2009 Division I All-West Region First Team, the organization announced recently.

The CRCA all-region awards recognize the outstanding performances of rowers and coxswains from each of the five regions, organized into first and second team selections.

Lewis, a junior from London, Ontario, was a member of the Cougar varsity eight boat which was ranked in the top-20 throughout the season. The Cougars' varsity eight finished sixth at the Pacific-10 Championships May 17, as the team also placed sixth. As a sophomore last season, Lewis competed in the varsity eight that placed third at the Pac-10 Championships and ninth at the NCAA Championships.

Lewis becomes the ninth Cougar to receive CRCA All-West Region First Team honors. Last season both Karin Brevick and Irena Neffeova earned all-region accolades as Neffeova went on to earn first team All-America honors.

All 11 first team and all seven second team west region honorees came from Pac-10 schools, led by Stanford with four rowers on the first team and one on the second team.

All of the first team all-region honorees, including Lewis, are now eligible to receive All-America accolades which will be announced following the NCAA Rowing Championships held May 29-31 on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J.

Nominated student-athletes are evaluated on the strength of their team's regional finish, coaches' recommendations and 2,000-meter erg score. Nominees must be eligible student-athletes who have competed in their schools' varsity boat in 75 percent of races this season.

Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Awards
All-West Region First Team

Liene Bertasjus - University of Southern California
Adrienne Fritsch - Stanford University
Ame Hicks - Oregon State University
Lou Kinder - University of California, Berkeley
Jenny Kossowsky - Oregon State University
Jenna Levy, coxswain - Stanford University
Erica Lewis - Washington State University
Elle Logan - Stanford University
Adrienne Martelli - University of Washington
Iva Obradovic - University of California, Berkeley
Erika Roddy - Stanford University

All-West Region Second Team
Katie Humm - Oregon State University
Elena Humphreys - University of California, Berkeley
Grace Luczak - Stanford University
Kayleigh Mack - University of Washington
Katy Milton, coxswain - University of California, Berkeley
Lauren Nowinski - University of California, Berkeley
Anna Specjalska - University of Southern California