June 8, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University senior rower Corinna Sharick has been named to the 2011 Pocock All-America First Team, while her classmate Sarah Wolff picked up second team honors, the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) announced this week.
Sharick (Burlington, Wash.) and Wolff (Auckland, New Zealand) each concluded their third seasons with Cougar rowing, both rowing with the varsity eight crew this past year. Sharick was in her first season in the varsity eight boat in 2011 after spending the majority of her junior year in the second varsity boat, while Wolff was a member of the varsity boat since arriving on campus as a sophomore in 2009.
WSU finished 12th as a team at the 2011 NCAA Championships in Gold River, Calif. May 27-29, as the varsity eight boat placed 11th overall, fifth in the Petite Final. As a team the Cougars were ranked as high as 11th in the country throughout the season. WSU's varsity eight placed fourth at the Pac-10 Championships, defeating Washington, for its highest finish since 2008.
Sharick becomes just the third Cougar rower to receive first team All-America honors, joining Irena Neffeova (2008) and Sarah Waterfield (2006). Wolff is the seventh Cougar to receive second team honors, as Katie Dick picked up the accolades last season. This year marks just the third time WSU has had multiple honorees on either the first or second teams. The other two times also came in 2008 and 2006 as Karin Brevick joined Neffeova in 2008 and Jody Thomas joined Sarah Waterfield in 2006.
Sharick was named to the CRCA All-West Region First Team and Wolff to the second team in May, which made them each eligible to receive All-America accolades.
In order to earn the honors, a student-athlete must have competed in 75 percent of the spring races and been nominated by her institution. The selections are based on the strength of finish of the institution's varsity eight within the country, coaches' comments and the student-athlete's 2k erg score.
Eight rowers from Pacific-10 schools were named to the 22-member first team, while five made the 21-person second team.
CRCA 2011 D-I Pocock All-America Awards
All-America First Team
Tessie Allen, Brown University
Ashton Brown, Princeton University
Olivia Coffey, Harvard University
Laura Cowel, Michigan State University
Anna Dawson, Stanford University
Emily Dreissigacker, Dartmouth College
Ivana Filipovic, University of Southern California
Tessa Gobbo, Brown University
Mary Jeghers, University of California, Berkeley
Casey Kelsey, Brown University
Kara Kohler, University of California, Berkeley
Elle Logan, Stanford University
Stephanie Madner, Yale University
Felice Mueller, University of Michigan
Kristine O'Brien, University of Virginia
Emily Reynolds, Princeton University
Erika Roddy, Stanford University
Corinna Sharick, Washington State University
Michaela Strand, Princeton University
Maria Wilgotsson, University of Southern California
Lauren Wilkinson, Princeton University
Lila Flavin, coxswain, Princeton University
All-America Second Team
Allison Courtin, Brown University
Ulrike Denker, Ohio State University
Rebecca Donald, University of Pennsylvania
Laura D'Urso, Clemson University
Natalie Eisermann, University of Michigan
Elise Etem, University of California, Berkeley
Taylor Goetzinger, Cornell University
Alex Japhet, Duke University
Vanessa Kleiss, University of Wisconsin
Kellie Lapointe, Michigan State University
Kristina Lofman, University of California, Berkeley
Grace Luczak, Stanford University
Maureen McAuilffe, George Mason University
Caroline Nash, Yale University
Christine Roper, University of Virginia
Claudia Schiwy, Ohio State University
Veronica Townsend, Northeastern University
Jennifer Vander Maarel, University of Texas, Austin
Lenka Vrecnikova, University of Southern California
Sarah Wolff, Washington State University
Ellie Smith, coxswain, Brown University