LEWISTON, Maine -- Juniors Olivia Stockly and Rosemary Kyne were both named Division III All-Americans, while head coach Peter Steenstra and his assistants were named the country's best Division III staff, as announced Tuesday by the College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA).
Steenstra was named CRCA Division III Coach of the Year after guiding the Bobcats to first place at the NCAA Division III Championships, the second national team title in college history, on May 27. Assistant coaches Andriel Doolittle, Lizzie Mitchell and Evan White join Steenstra in receiving Division III Staff of the Year honors.
Steenstra was named NIRC Women's Coach of the Year on May 18, 2017, a day after being named NESCAC Coach of the Year for both men's and women's rowing.
Stockly (Cumberland, Maine) earned a first-team All-America selection for the second year in a row while Kyne (Nashville, Tenn.) picked up second team All-America honors, becoming the 16th All-America rower in program history.
Stockly rowed in the fourth seat on Bates' first varsity eight this season, helping the Bobcats win their second NCAA championship in the last three years. As a sophomore in 2016, Stockly earned first-team All-America honors as well, rowing with Bates' first varsity eight as the Bobcats finished national runner-up at the NCAA Championships for the sixth time in program history. As a first-year student in 2015, she rowed on Bates gold medal-winning second varsity eight, helping the Bobcats capture their first NCAA title.
Stockly joins Elizabeth Diamond '04, Nicole Richie '09, Rebecca Waldo '11, Gabriella Bilotta '14 and Mallory Ward '15 on the Bobcats' list of multi-year All-America selections.
Kyne rowed in the seventh seat on Bates' first varsity eight this season. She also rowed with the first varsity eight as a sophomore and the second varsity eight as a first-year.
CRCA All-Americans are chosen on the basis of six factors: strength of schedule; regular season record; end of season regatta results; nomination rank; coach's comments; and 2,000 meter erg score.
According to the CRCA, the coaching awards "are voted on by the membership of the CRCA and are intended to recognize head coaches whose teams have had outstanding success throughout the current season and who have demonstrated a high level of professionalism and integrity as a coach. The staff of the year awards are intended to recognize a staff who has had a significant impact on the performance of their team, has shown outstanding commitment to their coach and has demonstrated a high level of professionalism and integrity as a staff."