Western coach, nine athletes honored by NCRC
April 21, 2008
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Nine Western Washington University athletes and head coach John Fuchs were honored following the Vikings' fourth straight women's division title at the Northwest College Rowing Conference Championships on Saturday at Vancouver Lake near Vancouver, Wash.
Western won six of 10 races, finishing with 60-1/2 points. Puget Sound was second with 52-1/2 points, followed by Lewis & Clark 20, Willamette 19, Humboldt State 17-1/2, Pacific Lutheran 17 and Seattle Pacific 16.
The Vikings' Staci Reynolds (Sr., Vancouver/Columbia River), who was the stroke on the winning varsity eight and varsity four entries, was named to the NCRC all-star team.
Fuchs shared Coach of the Year honors with Puget Sound's Sarah Canfield.
Eight Western crew members were named NCRC academic all-stars, led by Audrey Coon (Jr., Kenai, AK/Kenai Central) with a 3.95 (4.0 scale) grade point average. Also selected were Gina Auriemma (Jr., Lake Forest Park/Shorecrest) 3.94, Miranda Steward (So., Kenmore/Inglemoor) 3.94, Casey Mapes (Fr., Anchorage, AK/Service) 3.81, coxswain Daniella Armstrong (Fr., Eastsound/Orcas Island) 3.80, coxswain Katie Sauerbrey (Fr., Brush Prairie/Hockinson) 3.68, Madeleine Eckmann (So., Winthrop/Liberty Bell) 3.53 and Jocylin Palmer (So., Belfast, ME) 3.50.
Auriemma, Coon, Eckmann, Mapes and Steward rowed in varsity shells, while Armstrong, Parker and Sauerbrey were in novice boats.
Puget Sound won the NCRC men's division for the sixth time in eight years with 42 points. The Western men's club team was second, 17 points behind.
The Western women, who have won the last three NCAA Division II national titles, take a week off before competing in the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships on May 3-4 on Lake Natoma near Sacramento, Calif.
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