2016 Fan's Choice Awards

Vote for the 2016 Collegiate Athlete of the Year

USRowing maintains a long tradition of rewarding excellence in rowing. Following a year of unprecedented achievement, the rowing community put forth strong nominees for the 2016 USRowing Fan’s Choice Awards. After receiving an outpouring of nominations in all categories, USRowing is proud to announce the 2016 collegiate athlete finalists.

Fans may vote once in each category. Voting closes at midnight E.T. on Monday, October 17. Awardees will be announced on Wednesday, October 19.

Who can become Athlete of the Year? A male or female rower or coxswain who has achieved extraordinary success in 2016. Success may be defined as an outstanding performance, having a breakout year, perseverance in spite of difficult odds, consistently strong performance, outstanding service off the water, or a combination of the above or other worthy measures.


About the Finalists:

Kendall Brewer, University of Michigan

A junior at the University of Michigan, Kendall Brewer earned Pocock Second Team All-America honors as a member of the varsity eight. A three-time national team member, Brewer excelled on the international stage winning gold in the eight and the four at the 2016 World Rowing Under 23 Championships.

Kendall Chase, University of California, Berkeley

Kendall Chase was the 2016 Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, CRCA All-American First Team, CRCA National Scholar Athlete, and senior team captain during the 2015-16 season at University of California, Berkeley. At the 2016 World Rowing Under 23 Championships, Chase raced in both the pair and the eight, claiming gold as the stroke seat of the eight.

Sean Kreitzer, Stony Brook University

Sean Kreitzer has been instrumental in rebuilding the crew program at Stony Brook University. From setting up a new rowing location, building oar racks, negotiating budgets, buying new supplies and still increasing the size of the Stony Brook fleet, Kreitzer can do it all. He even finds time to race, coming in third place at the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Championships.

Will Solberg, Columbia University

A member of the near-perfect Columbia lightweight varsity eight, Will Solberg won gold at the IRA National Championships and silver at the Eastern Sprints. Solberg is currently the American record holder for the 30-minute erg piece, and world record holder for the lightweight half marathon, 24-hour row and the hour row.

Jovanni Stefani, Stanford University

Jovanni Stefani, a junior at Stanford University, raced in the men’s pair at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships. Stefani and his pair partner won bronze in that event, making it the first time that crew had medaled for the under 23 team in 14 years.


Award voting is intended to be one vote per person from among the extended rowing community and their family and friends; in the event of electronic, hired, or other similar ballot-stuffing attempts, affected votes may be deleted and nominees potentially disqualified.

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