BERKELEY – Three California women’s rowers were named 2014 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Pocock All-Americans, the organization announced on Monday. Seniors Kara Kohler and Paparangi Hipango were honored as First Team All-Americans, while fellow senior Agatha Nowinski was recognized as a Second Team All-American.
Kohler, a four-year member of Cal’s varsity eight, was honored as a four-time All-American by the CRCA. She was also named a First Team All-American in 2013 and 2011, and was a second-team All-American in 2010. Kohler, who rowed in the varsity eight that captured the 2013 NCAA title, was the five-seat in the Golden Bears’ varsity eight that placed third overall at the NCAA Championships this spring.
Hipango, also a four-year member of Cal’s varsity eight, served as the six-seat in the Golden Bears’ top boat that placed third at the NCAAs earlier this month and rowed in the varsity eight that captured the National Championship in 2013. It marks the senior’s third All-American honor after earning first-team honors in 2012 and second-team laurels in 2013.
Nowinski helped guide Cal as the stroke in the varsity eight each of the last two seasons, winning an NCAA title in 2013 and placing third in the event as a senior this season. Nowinski is a two-time CRCA All-American, earning first-team honors in 2013.
The CRCA Pocock All-American awards recognize the outstanding performances of rowers and coxswains on the national level in women's collegiate rowing. The general requirements for earning CRCA postseason honors are that the student-athlete must meet all eligibility rules as defined by her institution, must have rowed at least 75 percent of the current spring season's races in the varsity boat and the head coach of the student-athlete's institution must be a member in good standing of the CRCA. The nominated student-athletes are then selected to first and second teams based strength of finish of the institution's varsity eight within the country, comments for their respective coaches and their 2k erg score.
The Golden Bears placed second overall as a team at the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Championships in Indianapolis earlier this month with the varsity four capturing the NCAA event title.