USC's Jenna Van de Grift, Grete Alttoa Earn CRCA All-American Honors
LOS ANGELES--The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) honored USC women's rowers Grete Alttoa and Jenna Van de Grift on July 21 for their athletic achievements. Van de Grift was selected to the CRCA Pocock Racing Shells All-America second team, while Alttoa was named a CRCA Pocock Racing Shells All-America honorable mention.
Van de Grift is USC's 31st all-time All-America selection.
Each year the coaches of the CRCA recognize the outstanding student athletes in each Division. General criteria for the award are that the student-athlete must meet all eligibility rules as defined by her institution, must have rowed at least 75% of the season's races in the varsity boat, must be nominated by her institution and the head coach of the student-athlete's institution must be a member in good standing of the CRCA.
The nominated student-athletes are then selected to the first and second teams based on strength of finish of the institution's varsity eight within the country, comments from their head coach and their 2k erg score.
Both Van de Grift and Alttoa were integral members of USC's varsity eight. They both competed in the varsity eight at the NCAA Championship guiding their boat to a third place finish. The two rowers each have a plethora of international experience as well. Van de Grift rows for the United States and Alttoa competes for Estonia.
For the full list of CRCA Pocock Racing Shells All-Americans, click here.