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May 25, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference had twelve student-athletes named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association's (CRCA) All-Region teams Tuesday and Virginia Head Rowing Coach Kevin Sauer, who has led the No. 1-ranked Cavaliers to the ACC and South/Central Regional Championships, was selected by the CRCA as its South Regional Coach of the Year.
Virginia, which this year became the first ACC school to be top-ranked in rowing, placed five rowers on the All-South Region team including four on the first team in seniors Jennifer Cromwell (Bellvue, Wash.) and Desiree Burns (Poughkeepsie, N. Y.), junior Katrin Reinert (Stuttgart, Germany), and sophomore coxswain Sidney Thorsten (Atlanta, Ga.). They are joined on the first team by two rowers from 12th-ranked Clemson in seniors Brittany Cummings (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Michelle Nance (Simpsonville, S.C.) and one from Duke in junior Alex Japhet (Everett, Wash.).
In all, three Clemson rowers were named to the second-team All-Region including Zsofia Bende (Mohacs, Hungary), Becca Brown (Greenville, S.C.) and coxswain (Kate Bruggeling (St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada). Joining them on the All-South Region second team is Virginia's Helen Tompkins (Friendswood, Tex.).
Additionally, Boston College sophomore Laura Petty (Bethesda, Md.) was named to the CRCA All-New England Region first team.
The CRCA All-South Region honors were the second for Cummings and Burns and the third for Cromwell, all of whom earned first-team honors last year.
Sauer, who led Virginia to its 10 ACC Rowing Championship in 11 years, was earlier named the ACC Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his career. This is the third time in his 15 seasons at Virginia that he has been named Regional Coach of the Year, having been so honored in 2005 and 2007. The South-Central Regional title was the fourth consecutive for the Cavaliers.
ACC Rowers on the CRCA All-South Regional Team
Jennifer Cromwell, Virginia
Katrin Reinert, Virginia
Desiree Burns, Virginia
Brittany Cummings, Clemson
Michelle Nance, Clemson
Alexandra Japhet, Duke
Coxswain--Sidney Thorsten, Virginia
Helen Tompkins, Virginia
Zsofia Bende, Clemson
Becca Brown, Clemson
Coxswain--Katte Bruggeling, Clemson
ACC on New England All-Regional Team
Laura Petty, Boston College