WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Williams College senior Gabby Markel (Girdwood, Alaska) and sophomore Eileen Russell (New York, N.Y.) have earned All-America honors this season.
Markel was named to the Pocock All-America First Team, while Russell was named to the Second Team. Earlier this spring both Markel and Russell were accorded All-NESCAC First Team honors.
This was Markel's second All-America honor and the first for Russell.
General Requirements for nominating a student-athlete for CRCA post-season honors are:
The student-athlete must meet all eligibility rules as defined by her institution. The student-athlete must have participated in at least 75% of all races during the current season (all races before and including May 14, 2017). The student-athlete must have rowed at least 75% of the season's races in the varsity boat (all race before and including May 14, 2017). To be considered a student-athlete must be nominated by her coach and the head coach of the student-athlete's institution must be a member in good standing in the CRCA.
Strength of Schedule; Regular season record; End of season regatta results; Nomination Rank; Coach's comments and 2,000 meter erg score
"This is a well-deserved second nomination for Gabby," said Eph head coach Kate Maloney. 'This year, as a co-captain of the team, she not only took her own training intensity to a new level, but she also helped to inspire an entire team to do the same with her unfailing optimism, generous nature, and nose to the grindstone work mentality. She has left a great mark on our program and set an example that will be of good stead for all future Williams women's rowers."
"Eileen has been a stalwart member of the varsity boat since she first stepped foot on campus as a freshman two years ago," noted Maloney. "This year, she took the reigns and stroked the varsity for the first three quarters of the spring season and helped establish a rhythm and drive that set the boat up to succeed at NCAAs. She is the consummate competitor, always pushing herself and setting a good example for her teammates She is humble in her approach to the balance of being a student and an athlete."