The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) is the organization that unifies collegiate women’s rowing coaches, acts as a collective voice, and informs collegiate women’s rowing coaches on issues related to rowing. In addition to navigating the delicate NCAA rules and helping to apply them to the sport of rowing, CRCA coordinates the weekly spring season women’s collegiate racing polls and the yearly All-America athlete awards.
Since 2005, Pocock Racing Shells has been honored to be a sponsor of the CRCA. As anyone close to the sport knows, rowing is infamous for producing exemplary students as well as athletes. By sponsoring the All-America awards, Division I, II, and III student athletes are recognized nationally for their achievements on the water and in the classroom.
The regular season, weekly USRowing/CRCA Division I, II, and III Coaches Polls can be found on row2k.com.
General Requirements for nominating a student-athlete for CRCA All-America honors are:
- The student-athlete must meet all eligibility rules as defined by her institution.
- The student-athlete must have rowed at least 75% of the season’s races in the varsity boat
- The student-athlete must be nominated by her institution
- The Head Coach of the student-athlete’s institution must be a member in good standing of the CRCA.
All-American athletes are selected from those athletes already named First-Team All Region. Criteria considered for selection include: boat performance, nomination rank, coach’s comments, individual achievements, and 2k erg score. One coxswain is named to each team.