2011 Crew of the Year
by Erik Dresser, row2k.com
posted on December 12, 2011
Did your crew or a crew you know of have a year of unprecedented success in 2011? Nominate them for row2k's "2011 Crew of the Year" poll. Nominations must be submitted by 5pm EST on Sunday, December 18th. row2k will then select the ten (or so) most exceptional crews for poll voting starting on Monday the 19th. The crew with the most votes will be recognized as row2k's "2011 Crew of the Year".
Nomination criteria in 100 words or less:
Convince row2k that the crew being nominated had an exceptional year or overcame difficult circumstances to come out on top.
A crew's performance during the 2011 calendar year will be the primary criterion, though previous history will be taken into account.
As with the Crew of the Week poll, finalists are based wholly on nominations and the "backstory" is often just as important as the actual race result.
That Saratoga JW2- is your winner, view poll results here.
Brown University Women - After mixed results during the regular season, Brown bounced back at NCAAs, winning the team title when their Varsity 8 beat Stanford by 0.05 seconds in the Final.
California Men's Freshmen 8+ - Unbeaten all year, including Pac-10's, IRAs, and the Temple Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta. Set course record for event at Henley.
CAN LW2x - The crew of Tracy Cameron and Lindsay Jennerich were defending world champions and won the 2011 Lucerne World Cup. Then Cameron sustained an injury three weeks prior to the World Championships, and had to be replaced by 19 year old Patricia Obee. The new combo performed great, winning the silver medal and qualifying for the 2012 Olympics.
CAN U23 W8+ - The underdog crew recovered from a loss in their heat to defeat the favored Americans and win the U23 World Championship
Marin Junior Men's 8+ - Dominated all their races, winning by open water, including the Youth National Championship. Also won HOCR with a course record.
NZL M2- - Unbeaten for the 3rd consectutive year, with wins in Hamburg, Lucerne, and a near World Best time at the World Rowing Championships.
Pittsford Junior Women's 4+ - Won NY States for second consectutive year as well as winning youth nationals by 8 seconds, the first national title for a Pittsford crew.
Princeton Women's Varsity 8+ - Went undefeated for the season, winning HOCR, Eastern Sprints, and NCAAs.
Saratoga Junior Girls 2- - Won the Jr Pair, U23 Pair, and Champ Pair as high school seniors at Canadian Henley after a disappointing 2010 regatta. Also finished 2nd at USRowing Elite Nationals.
USA W8+ - Crew won their sixth consectutive world championship. Also won Henley and Luncerne in back to back weeks with almost completely different line-ups.
USA LW2x - First US crew to win the World Cup points trophy in any event. Won the Hamburg World Cup and finished 4th at the World Rowing Championships.
USA W4x - Qualified for the A Final at the world championships through the repechage, then won the silver medal in the final and qualify the boat for the 2012 Olympics.
USA U23 M8+ - Won the World U23 Championship
Washington Men's Varsity 8+ - Went undefeated for the season, winning HOCR, Pac-10's, and IRAs. Team won the Ten Eyck trophy.
Yale Men's Lightweight Varsity 8+ - Defeated rival and top ranked Harvard at IRAs in one of the closest finishes in the history of the regatta.
Also Nominated - Saint Andrews Men's Junior 8, Penn AC Light Men's 8, Stanford Women's 2V8, Minnesota RC Masters, California LW Men, Vesper Women's Senior LW2x-C, Team Attager, Sarasota Junior Rowing, Vesper Women's 8, George Washington Men's 2V8, Patrick Close, Maritime Rowing Club, Mercyhurst Light Men's 8, Miami Beach Rowing Club, Yale Lightweight Freshmen 8, Madison HS Women, Boston College Men's Novice 8, Westford Academy, Harvard Men's Freshmen 8, .