8 GNAC Rowers Earn CRCA All-America
Janisa Cook, being tossed into the air by teammates after winning the national title, earned first-team All-America.
Janisa Cook, being tossed into the air by teammates after winning the national title, earned first-team All-America.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024
by Evan O'Kelly, Assistant Commissioner For Communications

PORTLAND, Ore. – Eight women’s rowers from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference earned All-American status as the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association unveiled its 2024 postseason honors on Monday.

National champion Western Washington had three first-team selections, while Central Oklahoma featured a pair of first-team picks. Cal Poly Humboldt had one rower each on the first and second teams, and Seattle Pacific had a second-team honoree.

For the Vikings, GNAC Rower of the Year Mia Marie Knipe and fellow sophomores Taylor Wall and Janisa Cook headlined the list as first-teamers. Knipe picked up her second major honor of the season, after being selected as the conference’s top rower as she led the Vikings to their second GNAC title. Wall, the 2023 GNAC Freshman of the Year, bolstered her collegiate resume with her first All-America nod. Cook, who was voted as the GNAC co-Coxswain of the Year this spring, was also a first-team selection. The sophomore piloted the WWU varsity 8+ boats to victory at both the conference championship and the NCAA Division II Championships. The trio was a driving force in helping the Vikings secure their record ninth national title.

Central Oklahoma landed a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships, thanks in large part to the efforts of first-team All-Americans Faith Brooks and Victoria Petschnig. Brooks, a senior in the Bronchos’ lineup, was a key rower in the team’s varsity 8+ boat and was last year’s CRCA Division II Athlete of the Year. Petschnig gave the Bronchos more veteran leadership as a graduate student rower, competing alongside Brooks in the varsity 8+ boat. Brooks took home her third-career All-America honor, while Petschnig earned her first.

Dana Foley added to her decorated Cal Poly Humboldt career with a first-team All-America nod, earning a spot on the top national team for the second year in a row. The 2022 GNAC Newcomer of the Year and 2023 GNAC Rower of the Year, Foley helped the Lumberjacks to a fourth-place finish at the Division II national championships this spring. Junior Emily Marsolais also garnered national recognition, taking home second-team All-America after playing a key role in the Lumberjacks’ varsity 8+ boat.

Capping her collegiate career with recognition on the national stage, SPU’s Natalie Korolenko was a second-team All-American selection. Korolenko played a key role in the Falcons’ varsity 8+ boat, and helped her team finish fifth at the national championship regatta.

The GNAC’s eight All-American selections were far and away the most of any Division II conference, as the GNAC comprised more than half of the 13 national award selections.