June 5, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana sophomore Asja Zero was named a 2012 Pocock Second Team All-American, announced by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) on June 4.
"I am very excited for Asja to receive this honor," said head coach Steve Peterson. "She has truly earned this honor through her hard work, dedication, and commitment to being the best athlete she can be."
Zero, a native of Pula, Croatia, is just the third All-American in Indiana rowing history and was one of nine Big Ten rowers honored. She was selected a First Team All-Central Region for a second time in her career to become eligible for the All-America honor. She joins Laura Lazaridis (2005, 2006) and Ellie Benson (2008) on the All-American list at Indiana. Zero is also a two-time First Team All-Big Ten pick.
"Although this is often described as the ultimate team sport, it takes 100 percent effort from all of the individuals on the team to be successful," Peterson said. "Although she is only a sophomore, Asja has become a true leader through her actions both on and off the water. It is hard for her teammates not to push themselves to be the best they can be, when they see her doing that all the time."
"Since Asja's arrival in Bloomington two years ago, we have achieved unprecedented success here at IU, and I believe a great deal of it can be traced directly back to the impact she has had on this whole team," added Peterson.