May 24, 2010
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Western Washington University's Heather Kelly, who holds down the No.6 seat in the Vikings' nationally No.1-ranked varsity eight shell, has been named to the 2010 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Pocock All-America women's rowing team.
Kelly, a senior from Bird Creek, Alaska where she attended South Anchorage High School, will be looking to help Western win a sixth straight national title this weekend at Gold River, Calif.
"Heather has done a wonderful job this year," said Western coach John Fuchs (12th year). "She anchors the engine room and her leadership in the stern has helped the younger kids stay focused."
It is the third trip to nationals for Kelly, who rowed on last year's championship team after being an alternate in 2008.
Western's varsity eight has not lost to a non-Division I school since placing third at the 2006 Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference Championships. The last time that the Vikings lost to a DII opponent was in the final of the 2004 national championships.
In mid-April, Western's varsity eight was victorious at the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference Championships. Later in the season, the Vikings faced Division I competition in back-to-back weeks. At the Opening Day Regatta on May 1, Western defeated Syracuse and was second behind a Washington JV eight.
2010 CRCA Division II Pocock All-America Team
Summer Austin, UC San Diego
Amanda Carlyon, Mercyhurst
Magdalena Dzierzanowski, Philadelphia
Rebekah Evans, Barry
Heather Kelly, Western Washington
Katie Lepley, Humboldt State
Renee Rosaieski, Philadelphia
Michelle Sosa, Rollins
Rebecca Werle, Florida Tech
Monica Zdrojewska, Dowling