Two Trojans Named to CRCA All-West Region Rowing Teams
May 27, 2009
On Tuesday (May 26) the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) announces the 2009 Division I all-region award-winners. These awards recognize the wonderful performances of rowers and coxswains from each of the five regions, organized into first- and second-team selections.
Nominated student-athletes are evaluated on the strength of their team, regional finish, coaches recommendations and 2,000-meter erg score. Nominees must be eligible student-athletes who have competed in 75 percent of the races their team entered during the season.
USC's All-West First Team representative is junior Liene Bertasjus. This is the second-straight year Bertasjus has held this honor and she was also named a CRCA All-American in 2008. Bertasjus has grown as a leader this season and is an irreplaceable competitor for the Trojans. Bertasjus rowed out of the No. 7 seat for most of the spring season and will be an important player for USC's varsity eight boat at the NCAA Rowing Championships beginning on Friday (May 29).
USC's All-West Second Team award winner is Senior Anna Specjalska. Speckjalska is a native of Poland. This is the first award for Specjalska in her career at USC. Specjalska has been a key for the varsity four boat. Coming out of the No. 4 seat she has helped the boat to a very successful season, including a second place finish at the Pac-10 Championships, where USC finished two tenths of a second behind victor Cal.
These athletes will be eligible for All-America awards selection following the NCAA Rowing Championships. The NCAA regatta will be held May 29-31 on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J.
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