Jones Named Second Team All-America

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University junior rower Laura Jones (Boise, ID/Boise HS) has received a prestigious honor by being named NCAA Division III Second Team All-America by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) for the 2006-07 season. The CRCA Pocock All-America squad includes eight rowers on the First Team and eight rowers on the Second Team.

"Laura Jones works hard! Her work ethic is contagious," Willamette Head Coach Susan Parkman said. "She is able to row either side and to row in any seat. Her goal is to win and to do all she can in preparation and on race day to assure she is not alone with her goals. Her ability to build a team through her actions is evidenced by our team's improvement with each race."

Jones helped Willamette rank third in the Northwest Region of NCAA Division III in the women's varsity eights and first in the Northwest Region in the women's varsity fours. She was a leader as Willamette took second place in the Petite Final at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships and placed seventh at the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference (NCRC) Championships. Jones also helped WU placed fifth in the Grand Final for women's varsity fours at the WIRA Championships. WU's fifth place finish was the top result for an NCAA Division III crew in the WV4 race.

The Willamette women's varsity eight is ranked #20 this week in the cMax rankings for NCAA Division III. Other Northwest teams in the rankings are the University of Puget Sound at #4, Pacific Lutheran University at #8 and Lewis & Clark College at #22.

Jones recently was chosen to participate in the U.S. Rowing National Team Development Camp and at the Women's National Team Freshman Camp, with both events set for this summer. She was one of just 22 rowers and two coxswains selected for the Freshman Camp.