Rowing earns first-ever All-American

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Rowing earns first-ever All-American

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James Ogletree, Sports Editor

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Sophomore Jorja MacRae became the first rower in the 13-year history of Alabama’s rowing to earn All-America honors.

The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) announced the honorees Friday.

“We’re so excited for Jorja and what this represents for our program,” head coach Glenn Putyrae said in a press release. “She exemplifies the hard work and dedication that our team put into this season and the leap we were able to make in the national landscape.”

In March, MacRae led the Crimson Tide inside the top 20 of the CRCA’s national rankings for the first time in program history. That came three days after it swept No. 16 Indiana at a meet in Tennessee, the first time it had ever swept a top-20 opponent. It reached as high as No. 17 and went on to finish second at the Big 12 Championships in May, where MacRae was also named to the All-Big 12 team.

Eight rowers were also named to the CRCA National Scholar-Athlete list, a total that puts the team within the top 25 nationwide. To be selected, a rower must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

“We are beyond proud of the effort and drive that Alabama rowers put into their academic pursuits,” Putyrae said. “That is a long-standing attribute of this program and one that we take great pride in continuing.”