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Eight Bates rowers, Steenstra cited on NESCAC All-Conference teams

Peter Steenstra earned recognition as the 2011 NESCAC Women's Rowing Co-Coach of the Year.









HADLEY, Mass. -- A combined eight student-athletes from the Bates men's and women's rowing teams were named to the 2011 NESCAC Rowing All-Conference Teams, announced Wednesday by the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Meanwhile Peter Steenstra won recognition from the conference as Women's Rowing Co-Coach of the Year.

Named to the Men's All-Conference First Team were sophomores Peter Haley (Cos Cob, Conn.) and Edward "Jordy" Winslow (Wilton, Conn.), while another sophomore, Andre Gobbo (Chesterfield, N.H.), earned Second Team honors.

The Women's All-Conference First Team features, for the second straight year in the all-conference teams' two-year existence, Bates junior Haley Sive (Glenville, N.Y.) and senior Rebecca Waldo (Dracut, Mass.), along with a first-time All-NESCAC honoree, junior Allison DiSalvo (Lowell, Mass.). Earning Second Team recognition were senior coxswain Nora Collins (Kensington, Md.) and junior Elizabeth Sonshine (Short Hills, N.J.), the first all-conference awards for both women.

The 10-member squads are comprised of individuals from the eight league teams based on their finish at the NESCAC Championships, which were held in conjunction with the ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championship May 7-8 in Worcester, Mass. There the Bates women's varsity eight finished a team-record second overall, taking second place behind Williams, 6:45.177 to 6:50.657, with Wellesley in third at 6:52.895 and NESCAC rival Trinity in fourth. The Bates men's varsity eight was third among NESCAC crews at the regatta, behind only Williams and Trinity, as the Bobcats won the Petite Final there.

Steenstra, who has led the Bates women to the NCAA Championship in all three of his years as Bates' head rowing coach, shares Coach of the Year honors with Williams' Brad Hemmerly. This year he has guided the Bobcats to impressive performances not only at the NICR but in the San Diego Crew Classic, the Head of the Charles, the CBB President's Cup and the Onota Cup, among other regattas.

The Bates women's rowing team heads to California next week for its fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III Women's Rowing Championships, to be held at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center in Gold River, Calif. Bates will enter the regatta as national runner-up in both of the past two years.

View the 2011 NESCAC Rowing All-Conference Teams release (PDF)