SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State senior Holly Hopkins earned first team all-West Region honors, it was announced today by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). Hopkins was also the recipient of CRCA National Scholar-Athlete accolades along with her sister Heather Hopkins and teammates Emily Airoldi and Jessa Carlson.
Holly Hopkins was one of just 12 student-athletes selected first team all-West Region, and the only non Pacific-10 Conference rower to receive first team accolades. She becomes the fourth Sacramento State rower to be selected to the first team since the program gained intercollegiate status in 1995, and first since 2005 (Laura Harder). The Davis, Calif., native was selected to the second team last year and is one of four Hornets to be selected all-region (first or second team) multiple time during their careers.
All-region awards recognize the outstanding performances of rowers and coxswains from each of the five regions, organized into first and second-team selections. Nominated student-athletes are evaluated on the strength of their team's regional finish, coaches recommendations and 2,000-meter ergometer scores.
Hopkins, who has never missed a raced with the Hornets' varsity eight during her four-year career, competed in the stroke seat with the team's top boat in every race this season. A first team all-Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) selection for the second straight year, she helped lead the team's varsity eight to its first WIRA title since 2006, and first Dad Vail Regatta championship since 2006. The National Scholar-Athlete award marks the third consecutive year Hopkins has received the honor, becoming the fourth Hornet to earn the award three times during their career.
The National Scholar-Athlete award recognizes rowing student-athletes with a 3.5 or higher cumulative grade point average, are at least a sophomore athletically, and have competed in 75 percent of the team's spring races. Heather Hopkins, Airoldi and Carlson each received the honors for the first time. All three competed with the varsity eight this season and helped lead the boat to WIRA and Dad Vail titles.
Heather Hopkins, who is a junior, and a first team all-WIRA selection this season, competed with the varsity eight in the seven seat in every race. In her two seasons with the team, the Davis, Calif., native has competed with the team's top boat in every spring regatta.
Airoldi, a junior from Vacaville, Calif., competed in the six seat with the varsity eight in every spring race despite coming to Sacramento State with no rowing experience just two years ago.
Carlson, a junior from Fair Oaks, Calif., was coxswain of the varsity eight in all but two races, including each of the last six regattas of the spring. In her second season with the Hornets after transferring from Syracuse, Carlson coxed five different boats in at least one race during the 2009 season prior to primarily rowing with the varsity eight this year.