News Release, St. Mary’s College of Maryland Athletics

ST. MARY’S CITY, Md. – The Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference All-Conference teams have been announced and nine Seahawks from the women’s rowing team were honored. 

SeniorsKatie GillandKatie Ortelwere selected to the Varsity All-MARC team, while first yearSydney Westwas named to the Novice All-MARC team. Members of the Varsity and Novice All-MARC teams were nominated by coaches in the conference.

“Although we did not get to race this spring, the all-conference awards recognize the impact these individuals had on the team up through when our season ended in March,” said Head Rowing CoachAnna Lindgren-Streicher. “Our co-captains,Katie GillandKatie Ortel, have contributed to the top end speed of our program all year. They’ve led the way with their quest to consistently improve their own individual performance on the erg and on the water, and have set the tone for a supportive team culture that pushes others to do the same.”

Sydney Westquickly made an impact on the team both with her physical performance as well as her infectiously positive attitude. I look forward to seeing what she can do over the next three years.”

In addition to the Varsity and Novice All-MARC selections, the Seahawks had eight members named to the MARC Academic All-Conference team.Emily Frieman, Gill,Erin Lanham,Elena League,Emma McNesby,Colette Nortman, Ortel, andLily Steinwere selected to the Academic All-Conference team. Student-athletes honored must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and be in their second, third, or fourth year of eligibility.

“I’m particularly proud of our eight Academic All-Conference members,” said Lindgren-Streicher. “We’ve got a huge range of majors represented, and several of these student-athletes have also presented their research at professional conferences. They’ve all achieved at a high level in the classroom and continue to raise the team’s performance on the water.”


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