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Fan’s Choice Awards

Now in their eighth year, the USRowing Fan’s Choice Awards recognize excellence in rowing across seven categories and are an important part of USRowing’s longstanding tradition of bestowing awards for superior performances and contributions to the success of our sport.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 USRowing Fan’s Choice Awards.

USRowing Fan’s Choice Awards will be given 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.

2018 Fan’s Choice Key Dates

  • October 24: Nominations open
  • November 9: Deadline for nominations
  • November 13: Finalists announced, online voting begins
  • November 27: Online voting ends
  • November 28: Winners announced

Categories and Nomination Criteria

USRowing Fan’s Choice Athlete of the Year

Criteria for Selection: A male or female rower or coxswain who has achieved extraordinary success in 2018. Success may be defined as an outstanding performance, having a breakout year, perseverance in spite of difficult odds, consistent strong performance, outstanding service off the water, a combination of the above or other worthy measures.

Junior Athlete of the Year: Defined as a junior/scholastic athlete in the 2018 spring/summer season.

Collegiate Athlete of the Year: Defined as a collegiate athlete in the 2018 spring/summer season.

Masters Athlete of the Year: Defined as a masters athlete in the 2018 spring/summer season.

National Team Athlete of the Year: Defined as a member of the U.S. Senior National Team in 2018.

USRowing Fan’s Choice Coach of the Year

Criteria for Selection: A rowing coach who has achieved extraordinary success in 2018. 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, a combination of the above or other worthy measures.

Junior Coach of the Year: Defined as a coach of a junior/scholastic rowing team in the 2018 spring/summer season.

Collegiate Coach of the Year: Defined as a coach of a collegiate rowing team in the 2018 spring season.

Masters Coach of the Year: Defined as a coach of a masters rowing team in the 2018 spring/summer season.

All nominations must follow these guidelines to be accepted:

  • Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on November 9, 2018, for consideration by the USRowing Fan’s Choice Awards Selection Committee.
  • All nominations must be completed fully and on time to be considered.
  • All nominees must be current championship members of USRowing.
  • USRowing employees are not eligible.
  • Nominations will not be considered for previous winners, unless nominated in a different category.
  • All nominations must be submitted using the Nomination Form.
  • All decisions by the selection committee are final.
  • Note: these awards are designed for performance in 2018 only; criteria submitted from previous years will not be considered.

Voting and Selection

The USRowing Fan’s Choice Awards Selection Committee will review all nominations and post the finalists for each award. Voting will take place online and winners will be chosen by a combination of fan voting and selection committee input. One vote per person in each category is allowed.

Award Winners

Winners will be announced and recognized online on Wednesday, November 28.

USRowing Fan’s Choice Award Winners

Junior Athlete of the Year
2017 – Kaitlyn Kynast
2016 – Grace McGinley
2015 – Clark Dean
2014 – Elizabeth Sharis
2013 – Carolina Ratcliff
2012 – Alia Shafi
2011 – Rebecca Burns

Collegiate Athlete of the Year
2017 – Austin Treubert
2016 – Will Solberg
2015 – Nate Godmann
2014 – Kate Roach
2013 – Justin Jones
2012 – Kristine O’Brien
2011 – Greg Flood

Masters Athlete of the Year
2017 – Simon Borchelt
2016 – Hugh Gallagher
2015 – Greg Gillinger
2014 – Barbara Hogan
2013 – Jack Nunn
2012 – Paul Green
2011 – Sean Durkin

National Team Rower of the Year
2017 – Meghan O’Leary
2016 – Dani Hansen
2015 – Lauren Schmetterling
2014 – Mike Gennaro
2013 – Amanda Polk
2012 – Charlie Cole
2011 – Mary Whipple

Junior Coach of the Year
2017 – Oksana Tsimbalova
2016 – Yunian Cabrera
2015 – Brian de Regt
2014 – Mark Grinberg
2013 – Holly Hatton
2012 – Greg King
2011 – Sally Morris

Collegiate Coach of the Year
2017 – Paul Savell
2016 – Nich Lee Parker
2015 – Chuck Crawford
2014 – Wes Ng
2013 – Charley Sullivan
2012 – Paul Cooke
2011 – John Murphy

Masters Coach of the Year
2017 – Anna Cherednikova
2016 – Gabriele Cipollone
2015 – Mark Borchelt
2014 – Nancy Faigen
2013 – Deirdre McLoughlin
2012 – Boris Kusturic
2011 – Jenn Gibbons

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