Madara Strautmane Named to CRCA All-America Second Team|
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June 15, 2015
LOS ANGELES -- USC women's rowing junior Madara Strautmane (Riga, Latvia/Murjanu Sports Gymnasium) was named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) All-America second team on Monday, June 15. The port-side rower receives her first-career All-America honor and garners the program's 27th overall All-America certificate (first and second team combined).
Strautmane is a third-year economics major who has been a mainstay in the Trojans' varsity eight in each of her three years on campus. She was chosen to the 2015 CRCA All-West Region Team and was an honorable mention selection to the 2014 Pac-12 All-Academic Team. Strautmane has helped the Women of Troy garner three straight claims to the prestigious Jessop-Whittier Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic and has helped get USC to its seventh straight appearance at the NCAA championships including a program-best fourth-place finish in 2013.
The CRCA awards All-America distinction in order to recognize the outstanding performances of rowers and coxswains on the national level. In order to be eligible for nomination and selection for CRCA postseason honors, a student-athlete must have rowed at least 75-percent of the current spring season's races in the varsity boat; must be nominated by her institution; and the head coach of the student-athlete's institution must be a member in good standing of the CRCA. Nominated student-athletes are then selected to first and second teams based on the following criteria: strength of finish of the institution's varsity eight within the country, coach's comments, and 2K ergometer score.
The Trojans finished 15th at the NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships and were ranked 15th in the final Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) poll. In 2015, the Women of Troy won the coveted Jessop-Whittier Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic for a fifth straight year (seventh in program history), and defeated crosstown rival UCLA in the annual dual for the 14th consecutive year. The Trojans' selection to the NCAA championships was a school-record seventh consecutive time (ninth all-time team selection).
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