BERKELEY – Four California women’s rowers were named 2013 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Pocock All-Americans, the organization announced. Juniors Kara Kohler, Agatha Nowinski and Rachel Ersted were honored as First Team All-Americans, while fellow junior Paparangi Hipango was recognized as a Second Team All-American.
Kohler earned her third All-America nod in three seasons of competition after helping guide the varsity eight to an NCAA title in June in Indianapolis. Kohler, who redshirted the 2012 season while preparing for the Summer Olympic Games, was also named a First Team All-American in 2011 and a was honored as a second-team All-American in 2010. Kohler was the four-seat in the Golden Bears’ varsity eight that captured the 2013 NCAA crown.
Nowinski helped guide Cal to a national title as the stroke for the varsity eight in the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis in June. The junior, who was named to the All-Pac-12 squad for a second time in May, completed her second season as a member of Cal’s top boat. The CRCA All-America nod is the first of Nowinski’s career.
A three-year member of Cal’s varsity eight, Ersted earned her first All-American honor after serving as the coxswain in Cal’s National Championship boat. Ersted was also recognized on the Pac-12 All-Academic squad, earning academic laurels for the second-straight season.
Hipango, a three-time member of Cal’s varsity eight, served as the three-seat in the Golden Bears’ top boat that captured the national title. It marks the junior’s second All-American honor after earning first-team honors in 2012.
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.
Cal’s varsity eight captured its first NCAA title since 2005 and finished second as a team at the NCAA Championships, just two points shy of the team title.