Jones Repeats as Second Team All-America Selection

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University senior rower Laura Jones (Boise, ID/Boise HS) has been named NCAA Division III Second Team All-America by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) for the second consecutive season. She has now received the honor for both 2006-07 and 2007-08. The CRCA Pocock All-America squad included eight rowers and a coxswain on the First Team plus eight rowers and a coxswain on the Second Team.

Jones provided significant leadership for the Willamette women's rowing team. She helped the Bearcats take fifth place in the collegiate women's 4+ at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Mass., on Oct. 20. She also contributed to a fourth place finish by Willamette's women's varsity 8+ in the grand final and a second place finish by the women's varsity 4+ in the petite final at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships on May 3-4.

She rowed in the three seat for the WV4+ at the Head of the Charles and at the WIRA Championships. She was the seven seat for the Bearcats in the WV8+ at WIRA.

"Laura may well be one of the best athletes the rowing team has had in a while," Willamette Head Coach Susan Parkman said. "As team captain for 2007-08, she pulled together the team and assured that all team members felt equally supported and included. She certainly led by example and set the stage for what it means to achieve great things by working hard."

Jones helped Willamette finish the season ranked second in the Northwest Region of NCAA Division III in the overall team rankings and the women's varsity eights. WU was the top Division III team in the women's varsity fours at the WIRA Championships.

Willamette was ranked eighth in the cMax Ratings for NCAA Division III women's varsity eights released on May 27. The Bearcats finished the season ranked 15th in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA)/U.S. Rowing Poll for Division III women's varsity eights. WU was 18th in the U.S. Rowing Poll for women's varsity lightweight eights in all three NCAA Divisions.

"Her training regime was focused, consistent and efficient," Parkman said. "She was an inspiration to our younger team members, as they voted Laura as Most Inspirational Rower this season."

In 2006-07, she was a key rower for the Bearcats, as WU ranked third in the Northwest Region in the WV8+ and finished first in the Region in the WV4+. She helped the 'Cats take second place in the Petite Final at WIRA. She also participated in the WV4+ at the WIRA Championships, where Willamette claimed fifth place in the Grand Final. Near the end of the season, the Willamette women's varsity eight was ranked #20 in the cMax rankings for NCAA Division III.

During the summer of 2007, Jones participated in the U.S. Rowing National Team Development Camp and the Women's National Team Freshman Camp. She was one of just 22 rowers and two coxswains selected for the Freshman Camp.

This summer, Jones will be training in New Milford, Conn., with Coach Guenter Beutter at the U.S. Under-23 National Team Sculling Camp. She will be sculling in singles and doubles, while working toward a time trial in June that will determine qualifiers for the U-23 World Rowing Championships in Brandenburg, Germany.

2007-08 CRCA/Pocock All-America Team for NCAA Division III -- Complete List

Laura Jones has been named Second Team All-America for the second consecutive season.

Laura Jones has been named Second Team All-America for the second consecutive season.