May 22, 2012
The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) announced Tuesday that redshirt senior Molly Kalmoe was named to the 2012 Division I Central All-Region First Team, while eight Golden Gophers were also named CRCA National Scholar Athletes.
Kalmoe is the fifth Gopher all-time to garner a spot on the all-region first team and the first since Ashlee Vilmo earned the distinction in 2009. Jenny Barnes was a three-time honoree (2006, 2007, 2008) and Cheryl Wick (2005, 2007) was named to the first team twice. Melissa Roche was the first Minnesota rower to be named to the team in 2002.
In order to be selected to an all-region team, student-athletes are evaluated on the strength of their team's regional finish, coaches' recommendations and 2,000-meter erg scores. Nominees must be eligible student-athletes who have competed in their teams' varsity boat in 75 percent of races this season.
Kalmoe will now be eligible for All-America awards selection following the NCAA Rowing Championships, which take place this weekend on Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J.
The redshirt senior was also one of eight Gophers to be named a CRCA National Scholar Athlete. Katie Anderson, Caitlin Boon, Becky Kinchen, Emilie Sabourin, Rachel Sartor, Sarah Sobek and Katherine Windsor joined Kalmoe as scholar athletes.
It was the third honor for Kalmoe (2009, 2011, 2012), the second for Anderson (2011, 2012), Kinchen (2011, 2012) and Sartor (2011, 2012) and the first for Boon, Sabourin, Sobek and Windsor.
In order to become a CRCA Scholar Athlete, rowers must meet the following criteria: meet all eligibility rules as defined by her institution, in her second, third or fourth year of eligibility, rowed in her institution's NCAA or IRA eligible boat(s) for a minimum of 75 percent of the current spring races or raced in a regional conference event and had a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher for her career (through the fall semester/quarter for the current competition year).