ROWING ALL-DECADE TEAM SELECTED
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Throughout the summer, the Sacramento State athletics department will take a look back and honor the student-athletes who have made the biggest impact on their sport over the last 10 years.
To be eligible for the all-decade team, a student-athlete must have competed at least one year in their sport between the 2000-01 and 2009-10 academic years, and must have completed their eligibility as a Hornet, or be an active member of the team.
Today marks the announcement of the rowing all-decade team. The squad consists of eight rowers and a coxswain in alphabetical order.
Mieke Boynton (1999-02)
One of 15 rowers in Sacramento State history to earn a varsity letter all four years of her career...the only four-time all-West Region selection in school history, she was named to the first team in 1999, 2001 and 2002, and second team in 2000...a three-time National Scholar-Athlete Award winner...a native of Bright, Australia, Boynton never missed a spring varsity race during her four-year career, a span of 45 consecutive regattas...a two-time team captain, she rowed in the bow, five, six, seven and stroke seats (stroked every race during her final two seasons)...helped the varsity eight to first or second place finishes at the WIRA Championships all four years of her career, including conference titles in 2000 and 2001...won numerous awards during her tenure, including the Sacramento State Female Student-Athlete of the Year in 2002, the Fred and Pat Anderson Award (given to the Sacramento State student-athlete with the highest cumulative gpa) in 2001, and the Vince Beall Memorial Award (given to the most inspirational Sacramento State student-athlete) in 2000...had the highest gpa of any Hornet female student-athlete as a junior and senior...one of two Hornet rowers in school history to be named Academic All-America when she received the honor in 2002...graduated with a 3.91 gpa as an English major...was a member of the Australian bobsled team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy.
Stephanie Brow (2001-04)
Competed with the varsity eight in every race during each of her final three seasons...one of 11 rowers in school history to receive all-West Region honors after being named to the second team in 2004...a two-time team captain, two-time first team all-WIRA selection, and three-time Most Outstanding rower winner...a Sacramento, Calif., native, she competed in the two, six and stroke seats during her career...won a pair of silver medals with the varsity eight at the WIRA Championships, sitting at stroke with the 2004 boat's second-place finish, and in the two seat with the 2002 boat's second-place finish...the varsity eight posted a combined 20-6 dual-meet record during her three seasons with the boat.
Aimee Chenard (2005-08)
One of 15 rowers in Sacramento State history to earn a varsity letter all four years of her career...a team captain, second team all-West Region selection and an all-WIRA choice during her senior year (2008)...also named the team's most outstanding rower that year, and voted the team's most inspirational rower in 2007...the Alameda, Calif., native rowed with the varsity eight all four years of her career, and missed just one race during that span...competed in the three, four, five, six and stroke seats during her career...sat at five with the varsity eight that won the 2006 WIRA Championships...also sat at three with the 2005 varsity eight that won bronze at the WIRA Championships...won a combined five gold medals and one silver medal at the 2007 Canadian Henley Regatta and USRowing Club National Championships.
Laura Harder (2003-06)
One of 15 rowers in Sacramento State history to earn a varsity letter all four years of her career...despite having no rowing experience when her career began in 2003, Harder competed with the team's varsity eight all four seasons, a span of 54 consecutive spring regattas with the team's top boat...a native of Redlands, Calif., she is one of four rowers in Sacramento State history to receive first team all-region honors when she was selected in 2005...also a first team all-WIRA selection on two occasions (2005, 2006)...one of four Sacramento State rowers to receive National Scholar Athlete honors three straight years (2004-06)...stroked the 2006 varsity eight to a WIRA Championship...also won a silver medal with the team's top boat at the WIRA Championships in 2004 (five seat), and a bronze in 2005 (stroke)...sat at stroke with the varsity eight her final two seasons after competing in the three, five and seven seats during her first two years...a two-time team captain, and named the team's most outstanding rower on two occasions.
Breanne Hart (1999-02)
Coxswain of the Hornets' varsity eight in both 2001 and 2002...competed with the novice squad in 1999 before moving up to varsity her final three years...a second team all-West Region selection in 2001 after coxing the varsity eight to a WIRA Championship...also coxswain of the team's top boat in 2002 when it won silver at the WIRA Championships...a two-time team captain...during her tenure as coxswain of the varsity eight, the boat combined to post a 12-5 dual meet record...a native of San Diego, Hart coxed the second varsity eight in 2000 after spending her first season (1999) with the novice squad...won a pair of medals at the 1999 USRowing National Championships (gold in the four with cox; bronze in the eight).
Holly Hopkins (2007-10)
One of 15 rowers in Sacramento State history to earn a varsity letter all four years of her career...never missed a race with the Hornets' varsity eight during her four-year career...a native of Davis, Calif., Hopkins was named first team all-region this past year, becoming one of four rowers in Sacramento State history to receive first team accolades...was the only non Pacific-10 Conference rower to receive first team all-West Region honors...a two-time all-region selection (second team in 2009), she became one of four Hornets to be selected all-region multiple times...a two-time first team all-WIRA selection (2009, 2010)...one of four Sacramento State rowers to receive National Scholar Athlete honors three straight years (2008-10)...sat at stroke with the Hornets' varsity eight that won both the WIRA championship and Dad Vail Regatta this past year...stoked the varsity eight in every spring race each of her final two seasons after sitting at two, four, six and stroke during the course of her first two seasons...team captain in 2010, and named the team's most outstanding rower twice (2009, 2010).
Veronica Karpinski (2001-02)
Competed with the varsity eight during each of her two seasons with the Hornets after transferring from Orange Coast College...a two-time first team all-WIRA selection, the Newport Beach, Calif., native was also a second team all-West Region choice in 2001...sat in both the three and four seats during her two seasons...sat at three with the 2001 varsity eight which won gold at the WIRA Championships, and in the four seat with the 2002 squad that won silver at the same event...during her two seasons with varsity eight, the boat compiled a 12-5 dual meet record.
Janine LaCrosse (2004-07)
Competed with the team's varsity eight each of her final three seasons after rowing with the novice squad as a freshman...a two-time all-region selection (second team in 2006 and 2007), becoming one of four Hornets to be selected all-region multiple times during their careers...also a two-time all-WIRA selection (first team in 2006, second team in 2005)...holds the school record for the fastest 2,000 meter ergometer time (6:56.7)...a native of Gold River, Calif., LaCrosse competed in the two, three, five and six seats during her tenure with the varsity eight...named the team's most outstanding rower in 2006 and 2007...sat in the three seat with the 2006 varsity eight which won the WIRA Championship...during her final two seasons (2006-07) with the varsity eight, the boat combined to post a 15-1 dual-meet record...the Hornets won the WIRA team titles both those seasons as well.
Megan Warren (1998-02)
One of 15 rowers in Sacramento State history to earn a varsity letter all four years of her career...competed with the varsity eight all four years, missing just four spring races during that time...sat in the six seat during her final two seasons (2001, 2002), and the four seat her first two years (1999, 2000)...redshirted in 1998...a native of Visalia, Calif., she was a two-time first team all-WIRA selection (2000, 2001)...won a gold or sliver medal all four years with the varsity eight at the WIRA Championships...that included gold in 2000 and 2001, and a silver in 1999 and 2002...sat in the four seat with the 2000 varsity eight squad which was arguably the best boat in school history...that 2000 varsity eight reached the grand final of the Pac-10 Championships for the first and only time in school history while also claiming Cal Cup and WIRA titles, and beating Stanford, Texas, North Carolina and Kansas State in dual races...also competed in the four seat with the 1999 crew which won the Henley Royal Regatta for the first time in school history...had a school-record 2,000-meter ergometer time of 6:59.7 before Janine LaCrosse surpassed that mark in 2007.