Meet Your Finalists: Voting Begins Today for 2017 Fan’s Choice Favorites

PRINCETON, N.J. – USRowing maintains a strong and 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. Voting begins today and continues through 11:59p EST, October 24. Awardees will be announced on October 25.

Celebrating the seventh year of the competition, USRowing Fan’s Choice Awards are nominated by 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.

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2017 USRowing Fan’s Choice Finalists

Junior Athlete of the Year – Vote now!
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 – Vote now!
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

National Team Athlete of the Year – Vote now!
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

Masters Athlete of the Year – Vote now!
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

Junior Coach of the Year – Vote now!
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 – Vote now!
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 – Vote now!
Anna Cherednikova, Maritime Rowing Club
Holly Metcalf, WeCanRow
Jai Mitchell, Captial 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.

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

To vote, click the links below:

Fan’s Choice Collegiate Athlete of the Year
Fan’s Choice Junior Athlete of the Year
Fan’s Choice Masters Athlete of the Year
Fan’s Choice National Team Athlete of the Year
Fan’s Choice Collegiate Coach of the Year
Fan’s Choice Junior Coach of the Year
Fan’s Choice Masters Coach of the Year

Note: Award voting is intended to be one vote per person, per category. IP addresses are monitored during voting. 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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