Rowing Honors Seven; Sets For Big 12 Championships
Seven members of the West Virginia University rowing team earned awards at its annual banquet on Sunday, May 7, at the Erickson Alumni Center.
Head Coach Jimmy King gave remarks to begin the banquet, thanking all of the athletic staff members who have supported the student-athletes over the course of the year.
“I truly appreciate the opportunity we have this time every year to acknowledge members of our team for their outstanding efforts over the course of the year,” coach Jimmy King said. “Most of our honorees are determined by their peers which makes those awards that much more meaningful to all.”
Senior Emma Preston and freshman Haley Hensil of the novice squad earned the Flame Award, which is given to the novice and varsity athletes whose teammates have recognized their personality and contributions to the team. It represents the flame as a symbol of Mountaineer spirit. These athletes lift up their teammates during tough practices, work behind the scenes to make sure that races run smoothly and go out of their way to show true Mountaineer Spirit.
For the second consecutive year, Preston was honored with the Hammer Award, while freshman Emma Nordstrom earned the award for the novice squad. The Hammer Award is presented to the novice and varsity athletes with the fastest 2k erg scores for the year. It recognizes the importance of power for speed in the sport of rowing.
Freshman McKenna Rusnock-Rozzi of the novice squad and sophomore Kara Ehrenberger were recognized as the Most Improved Rowers of the year. This is awarded to the novice and varsity athletes whose teammates have recognized them as having made the biggest improvements in their rowing performance through the year. These improvements are accomplished through hard work on the erg, water and in the weight room over the whole year.
Finally, freshman Shyla Parsons of the novice squad and Louisa Morgan were named the Most Valuable Players of their respective squads. The MVP award is given to the novice and varsity student-athletes whose teammates have recognized their contributions as being essential to the success of the team. It considers off and on water performances as well as leadership, focusing on how those contribute to racing on the water.
The banquet concluded on Sunday, by recognizing the squads Eight seniors, Megan Brophy (criminology), Alisha Brownfield (psychology), Emily Deming (psychology), Abigail Harris (psychology), Madison James (nursing), Morgan (industrial engineering), Preston (elementary education) and team manager Olivia White (international studies) were also honored on Sunday afternoon as they will miss graduation to compete in the 2017 Big 12 Championship this weekend.
“Thank you to all of our families and friends who joined us to celebrate not only our award winners, but very importantly, our seniors for all of their contributions on and off the water to WVU Rowing,” King continued. “Just as we celebrated their arrival to WVU, we now celebrate their graduation as they prepare to move on to the next stage of their lives.”
The Mountaineers return to the water May 13-14 to compete at the 2017 Big 12 Championship on Melton Lake in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.