May 28, 2013
The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) announced Tuesday that redshirt senior Cassie Drozynski was named to the 2013 Division I All-Central Region First Team, while eight Golden Gophers were also named CRCA National Scholar Athletes.
Drozynski is the sixth Gopher all-time to garner a spot on the all-region first team and the first since Molly Kalmoe earned the distinction last season. 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.
Drozynski will now be eligible for All-America awards selection following the NCAA Rowing Championships, which take place this weekend at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind.
The CRCA also named its list of National Scholar Athletes, with Katie Anderson, Lynn Hodnett, Becky Kinchen, Emilie Sabourin, Rachel Sartor, Sarah Sobek, Alexandria Voss and Katherine Windsor earning the distinction.
It was the third honor for Anderson (2011, 2012, 2013), Kinchen (2011, 2012, 2013) and Sartor (2011, 2012, 2013) and the second for Sabourin (2012, 2013), Sobek (2012, 2013) and Windsor (2012, 2013). Hodnett and Voss were named to the list for the first time in their careers.
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).
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