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CRCA names two Bobcats All-Americans; five more scholar-athletes

Collins

Waldo

DiSalvo

Patterson

Sive

Tuttle

White

LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates seniors Nora Collins and Rebecca Waldo were both First Team selections on Tuesday as the College Rowing Coaches Association announced the 2011 Division III Pocock All-America Team.

Collins receives her first All-America laurels as the First Team coxswain, while Waldo now becomes a three-time All-America selection, including First Team honors for the past two years. Waldo ties former teammate Nicole Ritchie '09 as Bates' two three-time All-America selections. This is the first time Bates has placed two team members on the All-America First Team.

Winning CRCA Scholar-Athlete honors -- for varsity letter-winning sophomores, juniors and seniors who have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher -- are junior Allison DiSalvo, a biology major from Lowell, Mass.; senior captain Ellen Patterson, a psychology major from St. Louis Park, Minn.; junior Haley Sive, a geology major from Glenville, N.Y.; sophomore Catherine Tuttle, and English and Spanish double major from Pittsford, N.Y.; and senior Emma White, a biochemistry and Russian double major from Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Selection criteria for earning CRCA All-America honors include strength of schedule, regular season record, end of season regatta results, nomination rank, coaches' comments and 2,000-meter erg score.

Waldo (Dracut, Mass.) rows in the fourth seat on Bates' first varsity eight, which won 12 races against Division III competition during the regular season and lost just one to earn the No. 2 spot in the CRCA/USRowing Division III poll. Bates, the national runner-up for two years in a row, competes in the NCAA Division III Rowing Championships for the fifth straight year beginning Friday morning in Gold River, Calif.

Bates head coach Peter Steenstra calls Waldo "the cornerstone of the women's rowing program at Bates," as not only the team's top performer in ergometer tests for the past two years, but as an inspirational force to the rest of the team. "Much of the team's growth and development can be linked to Becca and her work ethic," Steenstra said. "She has been a relentless source of competitive attitude with a singular focus for athletic success."

Steenstra raves about Collins (Kensington, Md.) as "the best coxswain I have ever worked with." She is Bates' second-ever All-American coxswain, following Lisa Hamasaki '95, the program's first-ever All-American.

"It's rare for coxswains to receive credit for sprint race wins, but there is no question in my mind that Nora has everything to do with the success of the Bates Varsity 8," continued Steenstra. "Never before have I had a coxswain that felt as much like an assistant coach as Nora does. She has a keen eye for the rowing stroke and is capable of working with the crew in my absence. As head coach of both the men's and women's teams, I place a great deal of responsibility on my coxswains to conduct a practice session with little to no instruction. Nora has embraced this fact of our program and, through regular meetings with me in the office, turned it into an advantage. Nora is the best coxswain I have ever worked with."

Selection criteria for earning CRCA All-America honors include strength of schedule, regular season record, end of season regatta results, nomination rank, coaches' comments and 2,000-meter erg score.

View the 2011 CRCA Pocock Division III All-America Team release

View the 2011 CRCA national scholar-athletes