Andrus Named First Team All-America by the CRCA

By Sara Brooks, Assistant Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6219

SALEM, ORE. -- The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) recently announced its NCAA Division III Pocock All-America Team for the 2009 season. Willamette University's Hilary Andrus (Jr., Chimacum, WA/Chimacum HS) was among the players named First Team All-America.

The CRCA made its selections based on a short list of criteria: strength of schedule, regular season record, end of season regatta results, nomination rank, coach’s comments, and 2,000-meter erg score.

Andrus is a co-captain on this year’s squad. This summer, she will participate in the U.S. Rowing Women’s National Team Pre-Elite Camp in Indiana. She was named All-Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference this season after helping the Bearcats tie for second place in the women's team standings at the NCRC Championships. She also contributed to the Willamette women’s varsity 8+ earning a #9 national ranking and a trip to the NCAA Division III Championships.

Willamette's WV8+ took fourth place out of seven boats at the NCRC Championships, as the Bearcats finished behind three other nationally ranked teams from Western Washington University, the University of Puget Sound and Seattle Pacific University. WU also placed fourth behind the same three boats at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships.

Joining Andrus as First Team All-America selections were Natalie Jones (Trinity College), Katie O’Driscoll (Ithaca College), Nicole Ritchie (Bates College), Katherine Robinson (Williams College), Sam Smith (Williams College), Elizabeth Stokes-Cawley (St. Lawrence University), Eliza Van Lennep (Smith College) and Allison Prevatt (Williams College).

Andrus was the only athlete from the West coast to be named First Team All-America. Kat Jenkins of Pacific Lutheran University was named Second Team All-America. Overall, 18 NCAA Division III women's rowers received All-America honors.

Hilary Andrus has received First Team All-America honors after leading the Bearcat women's varsity eight+ to the NCAA Championship Regatta.

Hilary Andrus has received First Team All-America honors after leading the Bearcat women's varsity eight+ to the NCAA Championship Regatta.