2017 Fan's Choice Awards

Vote for the 2017 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 2017 USRowing Fan’s Choice Awards. After receiving an outpouring of nominations in all categories, USRowing is proud to announce the 2017 collegiate athlete finalists.

Fans may vote once in each category. Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. E.T. on Tuesday, October 24. Awardees will be announced on Wednesday, October 25.

Who can become Athlete of the Year? A male or female rower or coxswain who has achieved extraordinary success in 2017. 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
While at the University of Michigan, Kendall was selected as First-Team All-American. She rowed in the varsity eight that earned a bronze medal finish at the 2017 NCAA Championships. At Under 23 Selection Camp, Kendall was named to the pair with Fan’s Choice finalist Brooke Pierson. and raced to a bronze-medal finish at the 2017 World Rowing Under 23 Championships.

Hector Formoso-Murias, Georgetown University
Hector has been rowing at Georgetown for two years. In that time, he has helped lead Georgetown back into contention with the rest of the Eastern Sprints league. Hector sat in stroke seat of the lightweight men’s eight, which qualified for the IRA Championship for the first time since 2013. Hector was awarded the Georgetown Rowing “Gas Man” award in 2017, He has also been a member of the US Junior and Under 23 Team as a sculler.

Brooke Pierson, University of Washington
Brooke is a senior at the University of Washington, majoring in Biochemistry and is pre-med. At the 2017 NCAA Championships, she helped her team win the varsity eight, earning the Huskies the national championship. At Under 23 Selection Camp, Kendall was named to the pair with Fan’s Choice finalist Kendall Brewer and raced to a bronze-medal finish at the 2017 World Rowing Under 23 Championships.

Alexander Richards, Harvard University
Harvard Rower Alexander Richards sat in four-seat of the varsity eight, helping the men to achieve an undefeated dual season. He and his team went on to win second place at Eastern Sprints and third place at IRAs, before earning a place to represent U.S. in the under 23 men’s pair. After his fourth-place finish in Plovdiv, Alexander earned a spot in the U.S. men’s four that raced at the World Rowing Championships.

Austin Treubert, United States Naval Academy
Austin has rowed in the Navy lightweight varsity eight for the past three years. He represented the U.S. at the 2017 World Rowing Under 23 Championships in the lightweight four and went on to win a silver medal. Immediately after coming home from the world championships in Bulgaria, he flew to Coronado, Calif., where he completed the SOAS (SEAL Officer Assessment and Selection) program.

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.

2017 Fan’s Choice – Collegiate Athlete of the Year

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