May 26, 2011
GOLD RIVER, Calif. - Washington State University junior rower Lisa Roman has been named to the 2011 Pacific-10 Women's Rowing All-Conference Team, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Thursday.
Roman, a native of Langley, British Columbia, is in her second season with the varsity eight, on the Cougar rowing team that is currently ranked 11th in the country. Holding its highest ranking of the season, the Cougars are in Gold River, Calif., preparing for the NCAA Championships which kick off Friday morning.
This season Roman and her crew have defeated three other varsity eight boats in the NCAA Championships, including then-No. 15 Michigan, then-No. 11 Ohio State and then-No. 7 Washington. Seeded fifth at the Pac-10 Championships May 15, WSU's varsity eight boat finished fourth, stroking ahead of the Huskies in the final 1,000. Washington State is one of five Pac-10 teams at the championships this week, joined by California, USC, Stanford and Washington.
Members of the all-conference rowing teams are based upon each institution's finish in the varsity eight championship race at the Pac-10 Championships, which were held May 15 on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. The conference champion provides four members of the all-conference team, the Pac-10 second-place crew provides three members and the third-place finisher provides two. All other participating conference crews receive one selection each.
WSU has had a total of 32 rowers earn All-Pac-10 accolades dating back to 1988, while at least one WSU rower has been named to the all-conference team in each of the last 19 seasons.
The Pac-10 also released its individual awards as California's Dave O'Neill was named Women's Coach of the Year, Stanford senior Elle Logan was named Women's Athlete of the Year, and California's Paparangi Hipango was selected Women's Newcomer of the Year.
The Cougars, along with the Golden Bears, Cardinal, Trojans and Huskies, will begin competition at the NCAA Rowing Championships Friday, May 27. Competition runs through Sunday, May 29 at the Sacramento State Aquatics Center on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif.
2011 Pac-10 All-Conference Team
Anna Dawson, Stanford
Elise Etem, California
Ivana Filipovic, USC
Mary Jeghers, California *
Kara Kohler, California Kristina Lofman, California *
Elle Logan, Stanford ***
Hilary Polis, Oregon State
Erika Roddy, Stanford
Lisa Roman, Washington State
Kerry Simmonds, Washington
Britta Syverson, UCLA
Maria Wilgotsson, USC
* Second career All-Conference selection
*** Fourth career All-Conference selection
Women's Athlete of the Year: Elle Logan, Stanford
Women's Newcomer of the Year: Paparangi Hipango, California
Women's Coach of the Year: Dave O'Neill, California