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Bilotta, Ward named CRCA First Team All-Americans

Gabriella Bilotta '14 earned both First Team All-America and CRCA Scholar-Athlete honors on May 28, 2013. File photo by Doug Voss.

Gabriella Bilotta '14 earned both First Team All-America and CRCA Scholar-Athlete honors on May 28, 2013. File photo by Doug Voss.

LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates junior Gabriella Bilotta and sophomore Mallory Ward were both First Team selections on Tuesday as the College Rowing Coaches Association announced the 2013 Division III Pocock All-America Team.

The award recognizes the outstanding performances of rowers and coxswains at NCAA Division III institutions, and Bates is the only team to boast two All-Americans this year. Selection criteria include strength of schedule; regular season record; end of season regatta results; nomination rank; coach's comments and 2,000 meter erg score.

Both Bilotta (Washington, D.C.), a coxswain and team captain, and Ward (Pittsford, N.Y.) are in their second year on Bates' varsity eight. This is the first All-America honor for either woman. They both received All-NESCAC honors earlier this month.

It is the second time Bates has ever placed two athletes on the All-America First Team, after Nora Collins '11 and Rebecca Waldo '11 did in 2011. Bilotta and Ward represent the 11th and 12th All-Americans in the history of the program.

Also on Tuesday, the CRCA announced its 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. Bates' honorees are sophomore Jenna Armstrong, a biological chemistry and mathematics major from Florham Park, N.J.; Bilotta, a Spanish major; senior Lauren Hadiaris, a politics major from Cape Elizabeth, Maine; junior Alexandra Hill, a sociology and Spanish major from Wayland, Mass.; junior Molly Huffaker (Ithaca, N.Y.), a sociology and French major from Ithaca, N.Y.; sophomore Rebecca O'Neill, a Latin American studies major from Westminster, Vt.; and junior Aisling Ryan, a psychology major from Millis, Mass.

The Bobcats race in the NCAA Division III Championships for the seventh straight year, this Friday and Saturday in Indianapolis.