Brewer, Wright, Freeman and Krichko Named All-Americans

June 14, 2017

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- For the first time since 2012 and just the second time in history, four members of the University of Michigan rowing team were named to the Pocock All-America team on Tuesday (June 13). Senior port Kaitlin Wright and junior starboard Kendall Brewer earned first team honors, while senior starboard Louisa Freeman and junior port/starboard Kalia Krichko were awarded second team recognition.

The historic set of accolades follows U-M's third-place finish at the NCAA Championships, its first medalist finish since that same 2012 campaign. The four Wolverines honored by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) were members of Michigan's first varsity eight boat, which outperformed its NCAA Championships seed to finish fifth in the nation in last month's NCAA Grand Final (May 28). Their efforts also earned each of them CRCA All-Region honors, with Wright and Brewer earning first team recognition and Freeman and Krichko securing second team honors.

A native of Lakeville, Minnesota, Wright competed as a member of the first varsity eight boat for her final three seasons as a Wolverine, rowing in stroke seat for much of her senior season and the fifth seat for the NCAA Championships. She has been a three-time all-region selection (first team, 2016-17; second team, 2015), in addition to having two first team All-Big Ten honors under her belt. This is Wright's second All-America honor as she was a second team honoree last spring.

Brewer was invited to USRowing's U23 Selection Camp earlier this spring for the second time in her career, and she rowed in the No. 6 and No. 7 seats during the season. The Austin, Texas, native is now a two-time All-American after being named second team All-America in 2016. Her all-region honor this year paired with a second team all-region selection from 2016, and both she and Wright earned their second consecutive first team All-Big Ten honors last month.

A four-year varsity eight rower, Freeman rowed in bow seat and closed her career in the No. 2 seat in the NCAA Championships. A native of Westport, Connecticut, she also earned CRCA All-Region honors in 2015, and this past spring she collected her third consecutive second team all-conference honor.

Krichko, a native of Ridgefield, Connecticut, recently completed her first season with the first varsity eight, having spent the 2016 season as part of the 1V4 crew. She rowed in the No. 2 seat for much of the season before taking over the bow position for the NCAA Championships. She collects her second postseason accolade with this honor.

These awards recognize the outstanding performances of rowers and coxswains on the national level in women's collegiate rowing. Nominated student-athletes are evaluated on the strength of their team's varsity eight finish, coaches' comments and recommendations, and 2,000-meter erg score. Nominees must be eligible student-athletes who have competed in their team's varsity boat in 75 percent of races this season.

Pocock All-America First Team
Ieva Adomaviciute, Washington State
Shannon Barry, Texas
Dorothee Beckendorf, California
Elise Beuke, Washington
Erin Boxberger, Notre Dame
Gia Doonan, Texas
Katy Gillingham, Washington
Stephanie Grauer, Stanford
Georgie Howe, Princeton
Filippa Karrfelt, Stanford
Inger Kavlie, California
Ida Kruse, Ohio State
Lily Lindsay, Yale
Cicely Madden, Brown
Rowan McKellar, California
Ruth Narode, Stanford
Brooke Pierson, Washington
Karle Pittsinger, Washington
Georgia Ratcliff, Virginia
Miriam Soufi, Texas

Pocock All-America Second Team
Uche Anyanwu, San Diego
Emily Barber, Indiana
Erin Briggs, Virginia
Charlotte Buck, Columbia
Claire Collins, Princeton
Morgan Grastorf, Iowa
Kristi Harrison, Louisville
Marie Jacquet, UCLA
Ljiljana Josic, Texas
Phillippa Lovelard, Texas
Jessica Michaels, Yale
Jen Mundelius, Brown
Savannah Moody, Southern Methodist
Kate O'Brien, Yale
Kendall Ritter, California
Maria Schmid, Wisconsin
Hattie Taylor, Syracuse
Stephanie Williams, Oregon State

Communications Contact: Chad Shepard