Smiley Earns All-Central Region from CRCA

Traci Smiley

May 25, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – In addition to being named a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar Athlete on Tuesday, Kansas State rower Traci Smiley was also recognized for her work on the water being named to the All-Central Region Second Team. Smiley is the fifth Wildcat to receive All-Central Region honors from the CRCA in the history of the program.

Smiley helped K-State’s 1st Varsity 8 to a third-place finish at the Big 12 Championship and sixth place at the Conference USA Rowing Championship this season. The junior from Shawnee Mission, Kan., is a two-time letterwinner for the Wildcats and has garnered multiple academic awards during her career as well. She also earned All-Conference USA honors for her efforts at the conference championship regatta this season.

Smiley is the first Wildcat to receive All-Central Region honors since Jennifer Flannigan was named to the team in 2009. She joins Bjai Rice (2008), Megan Hauver (2006) and Grace Riekenberg (2005) as Wildcats to also be named to the CRCA All-Central Region Team. Smiley is one of nine student-athletes from schools representing Conference USA to make an All-Region team.

With the All-Region teams, the CRCA recognizes the outstanding performances of rowers and coxswains from each of the five regions with first and second teams named to each. Nominated student-athletes are evaluated on the strength of their team’s regional finish, coaches’ recommendations and 2,000-meter erg scores. Nominees must be eligible student-athletes who have competed in their teams’ varsity boat in 75 percent of races this season. All-America teams will be announced following the NCAA Championship this weekend held on Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif.

2011 CRCA All-Central Region Team
First Team
Laura Cowal, Michigan State
Kellie Lapointe, Michigan State
Stephanie Bochenek, Michigan State
Ulrike Denker, Ohio State
Claudia Schiwy, Ohio State
Felice Mueller, Michigan
Natalie Eisermann, Michigan
Carol Ann Michel, Notre Dame
Vanessa Kleiss, Wisconsin
Asja Zero, Indiana
Amanda McGeachie, Michigan State, coxswain

Second Team
Alex Maibusch, Michigan State
Claire-Louise Bode, Ohio State
Caro Helmholz, Ohio State
Julia Darnton, Michigan
Stephanie Gretsch, Notre Dame
Rachel Buchholtz, Wisconsin
Traci Smiley, Kansas State
Jennifer Entin, Michigan, coxswain