Peterson, Hoosiers Earn Postseason Honors
May 27, 2014
UP NEXT -- NCAA Championships -- May 30-June 1, Indianapolis, Ind. (Eagle Creek Park)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana Rowing head coach Steve Peterson has been named the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Central Region Coach of the Year, announced by the association on Tuesday, May 27.
In his 11th year as the head coach of the Hoosiers, Peterson led Indiana to a top-15 ranking, its best Big Ten Championships finish and its first bid to the NCAA Championships in program history.
"I am very excited and honored to received the Regional Coach of the Year honors," said Peterson. "It obviously has been a very special year for our whole program and honestly we wouldn't be where we are at this point if it weren't for everyone on this staff and on this team. So this honor is really one for our whole team."
Junior rower Meradith Dickensheets and freshman rower Alice Wright were named CRCA Central First Team All-Region, and freshman rower Alexandra Eaton was named a second team honoree. The CRCA All-Region awards recognize the outstanding performances of rowers and coxswains from each of the five regions, organized into first and second-team selections. 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 athletes will be eligible for All-America awards selection following the NCAA Rowing Championships.
"The three athletes named all-region have definitely earned it," said Peterson. "They are great representatives of our program and school and have worked hard for everything they have earned this year. I couldn't be more proud of them and congratulate them on achieving this honor."
The Hoosiers also earned CRCA Scholar-Athlete honors. Junior rower Lindsey Barber, junior coxswain Kelsey Cundiff, senior rower Kim Gilmour and senior rower Grace Mendel were named Scholar-Athletes for IU. To earn Scholar-Athlete honors, a student-athlete has met all eligibility rules as defined by her institution, is in her second, third or fourth year of eligibility, rowed in her institution's NCAA or IRA eligible boat(s) for a minimum of 75 percent of the current spring races or racing in a regional conference event, and has had a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher for her career (through the fall semester/quarter for the current competition year).
"As they say, student comes first when they say 'student-athlete,'" Peterson added. "These four have proven that point this past year excelling both on the water and in the classroom. I am extremely proud of them for earning this award."
The Hoosiers open NCAA Championship action on Friday, May 30 at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis.
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