May 29, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - Four Golden Bears earned Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Division I All-West Region honors, the organization announced. Juniors Kara Kohler and Agatha Nowinski were part of the 11-person first team, while senior coxswain Rachel Ersted and junior Paparangi Hipango were each named to the six-member second team.
The CRCA recognizes outstanding performances of rowers and coxswains from each of the five regions. Nominated student-athletes are evaluated on the strength of their team's regional finish, coaches recommendations and 2,000-meter erg score. Nominees must be eligible student-athletes who have competed in their teams' varsity boat in 75 percent of races this season. These student-athletes will be eligible for All-America awards selection following the NCAA Rowing Championships.
A CRCA All-American in each of her first two seasons, Kohler redshirted last season while preparing for the Olympic games last summer in London. She returned to collegiate rowing this season where she collected her third first-team All-West Region honor in as many competitive seasons. Kohler has been a member of Cal's varsity eight each of her first three seasons.
A member of the varsity eight for the second-straight season, Nowinski collected her second all-region honor in as many years. She was a CRCA second-team pick last season.
A CRCA All-American last season, the all-region honor is Hipango's second in as many years after earning a spot on the All-West Region first team last spring. She has been a part of Cal's varsity eight boat each of her first three seasons.
Ersted earned All-West Region honors for the second-straight season as well, after earning first-team laurels last year. She has served as a coxswain for each of Cal's top two boats each of her first three seasons with the Bears.
For a full list of each of the all-region selections, click here.
Kohler, Nowinski, Ersted, Hipango and the rest of the Golden Bears are in Indianapolis competing for an NCAA Championship this weekend at Eagle Creek Park.
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