ACC Has 12 Rowers Tabbed to CRCA All-Region Rowing Teams

May 23, 2012

Greensboro, N.C.—A total of 12 Atlantic Coast Conference rowers have been named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) All-Region Rowing teams, the CRCA announced this week.

In all, 11 ACC rowers were named to the first or second team in the South Region, including both the coxswain’s of the first-team, which was Sidney Thorsten (Atlanta, Ga.) of Virginia, and the second team, which was Clemson’s Kate Bruggeling (St. Catharine’s, Ontario, Canada).

Virginia and Clemson each had five rowers chosen, while Duke had one South All-Region pick in Emily Theys (Stoughton, Wis.). Boston College saw senior Erin Roche (Niskayuna, N.Y.) named to the New England All-Region 2nd Team. The honor was the first for Theys, while Roche was named to the All-New England team for the second straight year.

Honored for Virginia, the No. 2-ranked team in the nation, were Thorsten, senior Keziah Beall (Bainbridge, Island, Wash.), senior Martie Kuzzy (Minneapolis, Minn.), junior Kristine O’Brien (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) and senior Sarah Cowburn (Redditch, Worcester, England).

Thorsten, Beall, Kuzzy and O’Brien were first-team All-Region picks, while Cowburn earned 2nd-team All-South Region honors. All five rowers are members of the Cavaliers’ First Varsity Eight boat which earned ACC Crew of the Year honors earlier this year.

The All-Region selection was the third of Thorsten’s career, while O’Brien and Kuzzy were named to the All-South first-team region team for the second straight year.

Honored for Clemson were Bruggeling, junior Heather Cummings (Virginia Beach, Va.), sophomore Laura D’Urso ( Dunross, Culdaff, Ireland), senior Kate Biladeau (Lutz, Fla.), and freshman Giulia Longatti (Como, Italy).

Cummings and D’Urso were named to the first team, while D’Urso, Biladeau and Bruggeling were all named to the All-South Region second team. Bruggeling was named to the second-team All-Region South team as the coxswain for the third straight year, while D’Urso was a first-team All-South Region pick for the second straight year. Cummings was named a 2nd-team All-Region selection in 2011 before earning first-team honors this year.

2012 CRCA All-New England Region Rowing Team
(ACC Selections Only)
Erin Roche, Boston College (2nd)

2012 CRCA All-South Region Rowing Team
(ACC selections only)
Keziah Beall, Virginia (1st)
Heather Cummings, Clemson (1st)
Laura D’Urso, Clemson (1st)
Martie Kuzzy, Virginia (1st)
Kristine O’Brien, Virginia (1st)
Emily Theys, Duke (1st)
Sidney Thorsten, coxswain Virginia (1st)
Kate Biladeau, Clemson (2nd)
Sarah Cowburn, Virginia (2nd)
Giulia Longatti, Clemson (2nd)
Kate Bruggeling, coxswain, Clemson (2nd)