Stanford women rowers earn CRCA All-America honors


Three Stanford seniors have been chosen to the 2014 CRCA Pocock All-America rowing teams with Anna Dawson and Daphne Martschenko selected to the first team and Kristy Wentzel to the second team.

The three selections are the most since Stanford had four in 2011. The Cardinal has had multiple selections every year since the awards started in 2007. It is the second All-America honor for all three Stanford seniors.

Dawson, a native of Christchurch, New Zealand, picks up her second first-team All-America selection. She was chosen to the first team her sophomore year in 2011. Dawson stroked the varsity eight for the majority of the 2014 spring, leading Stanford to seven race victories overall, a gold medal to help the Cardinal capture the school's first Pac-12 Championship and a sixth place overall finish at the NCAA Championships.

A Fairfax, Va. native, Martschenko joins Dawson on the first team, adding to her first team honor from 2012. She competed with the varsity eight all season long, splitting time between the three-seat in the middle of the year and five-seat at the end of the season. A team leader, Martschenko was instrumental in guiding Stanford to its first Pac-12 Championship as well as a sweep in the top three races at the Big Row.

Wentzel, who hails from San Anselmo, earns her second career All-America nod. She was a first- team selection with Martschenko in 2012. Wentzel raced with the 2V8 for the first two races of the spring, but moved up to the varsity eight the rest of the way. She sat bow seat in every race with the varsity eight, winning six races with the top eight, including a gold at the Pac-12 Championships to help the school claim its first title.

In the eight years of the CRCA Pocock All-America teams, Stanford has tallied a total of 24 All-American honors by 14 individuals.

Also this week, Stanford sophomore Brittany Presten and freshman Christine Cavallo were selected as 2014 Pocock Lightweight All-Americans.

It is the first All-America honor for both individuals and marks the seventh straight year Stanford has had at least two All-American selections. The award was first handed out in 2007 by the CRCA when the Cardinal had one individual named to the list.

Elsewhere in rowing news:

Eight local high school students qualified recently year to compete in the USRowing Youth National Championships, to be held this weekend (Friday through Sunday) at Lake Natoma near Sacramento.

The students, who are rowers with Norcal Crew, based out of Redwood City, qualified by competing in the district championships May 2-4 at Lake Natoma.

The men's boat that qualified was the Lightweight Four with Coxswain, manned by Christopher Skokowski, Misha Nelson Hindery and Marcelo Buxton (all juniors at Palo Alto High); Will Carhart (a senior at Menlo-Atherton High School); and coxswain Miles Bowman (a senior at Aragon High School).

Two women's boats qualified: a Single rowed by Katie Kelly, a senior at Menlo-Atherton, and a Lightweight Double, crewed by Alex Warner (a senior at Palo Alto High) and Janet Titzler (a senior at Gunn High School).

— Stanford Athletics

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