Four Harvard-Radcliffe Rowers Named CRCA All-Americans

Courtney Diekema carries the boat out on the last day of the NCAA regatta (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association announced its All-Americans and four Harvard-Radcliffe rowers were selected. Courtney Diekema was a heavyweight first-team choice, while Jenna Gregoire was on the second team. Elizabeth Lenczowski and Emma Lukaciewicz appeared on the lightweight list.

Diekema, a senior from Holland, Mich., earned her second All-America honor, as she was named to the second team last season. She helped Harvard's varsity eight to eighth place overall at the NCAA Championship and a third-place showing at the Ivy League regatta. Along with second-team All-American Jenna Gregoire, the varsity eight propelled the Black and White to 11th place in team points at the NCAA event. Gregoire, a junior, earned her first selection.

The strength of the varsity eights finish, coaches' comments and a 2,000-meter erg score were used to pick the heavyweight All-Americans.

The IRA National Championships determined the number of student-athletes that were selected from each school for the lightweight list. Harvard-Radcliffe's second-place finish earned the Black and White two spots, which went to Lenczowski and Lukaciewicz. Lenczowski, a junior, and Lukaciewicz, a senior, were each honored for the first time in their careers.

It is the third straight time the lightweights have had two All-Americans and the second year in a row for the heavyweights.