2017 Fan's Choice Awards

Vote for the 2017 Fan’s Choice Awards

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 finalists. 

Celebrating the seventh year of the competition, USRowing Fan’s Choice Awards are nominated and voted on solely by the rowing community. Awards will be presented at the 2017 Golden Oars Awards Dinner to an “Athlete of the Year” in the junior, collegiate, masters and national team categories and a “Coach of the Year” in the junior, collegiate and masters categories.

2017 USRowing Fan’s Choice Finalists

Junior Athlete of the Year
Julia Braz, Sarasota Crew
Rose Carr, South Jersey Rowing Club
Sydney Edwards, Sarasota Crew
Kaitlyn Kynast, Connecticut Boat Club
William Legenzowski, Maritime Rowing Club/New Canaan Crew

Collegiate Athlete of the Year
Kendall Brewer, University of Michigan
Hector Formoso-Murias, Georgetown University
Brooke Pierson, University of Washington
Alexander Richards, Harvard University
Austin Treubert, United States Naval Academy

Masters Athlete of the Year
Sherman Anderson, Capital Rowing Club/Capital Adaptive Rowing Program
Simone Azure, Chicago Rowing Union
Simon Borchelt, Texas Rowing Center
Jeff Cutler, Malta Boat Club
Tim Willsallen, Cascadilla Boat Club

National Team Athlete of the Year
Dariush “Tim” Aghai, USRowing Training Center
Nicholas Mead, USRowing Training Center
Meghan O’Leary, New York Athletic Club
Yohann Rigogne, Vesper Boat Club
Emily Schmieg, Potomac Boat Club

Junior Coach of the Year
Nick D’Antoni, Newport Aquatic Center
Casey Galvanek, Sarasota Crew
Gordon Getsinger, Saugatuck Rowing Club
Jeremy Michalitsianos, Montclair High School
Oksana Tsimbalova, Advanced Community Rowing Association

Collegiate Coach of the Year
Kate Bertko, Stanford University
Andrew Carter, University of Iowa
Yasmin Farooq, University of Washington
Chris Kerber, Cornell University
Paul Savell, Drexel University

Masters Coach of the Year
Anna Cherednikova, Maritime Rowing Club
Holly Metcalf, WeCanRow
Jai Mitchell, Capital Rowing Club
Tom Siddall, Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club
Patricia Tirone, Delta Sculling Center

The selection committee used the following criteria to determine the finalists:

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.

Coach of the Year: A rowing coach who has achieved extraordinary success in 2017. Success may be defined as outstanding performance, having a breakout year, making a significant impact on an individual athlete or team performance, perseverance in spite of difficult odds, consistent strong performance, or a combination of the above or other worthy measures.

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.

Winners do not need to attend Golden Oars to receive the award. Tickets are non-transferable.

Winners will be announced that week and recognized at the 2017 Golden Oars Awards Dinner on November 15, 2017, at the New York Athletic Club in New York City. Each winner will receive two tickets to the event. Winners also will attend a pre-event meet and greet with fellow award winners and other VIPs.

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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