William Smith College senior Sinead Reilly was named to the 2014 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Pocock All-America first team. She is the 23rd All-American in the program’s history and the 11th first team selection.
A three-year member of the varsity eight, Reilly led the Herons to gold medal winning performances at the Liberty League and New York State championships this spring. Reilly and the Heron 1V missed a spot in the ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championship grand final by 0.099 seconds, rebounding to win the ECAC NIRC petite final.
William Smith’s varsity eight was ranked all spring, climbing as high as No. 2 in the CRCA/USRowing poll.
Reilly and the Herons also captured a gold medal in the Head of the Genesee, as well as bronze medals at the Head of the Charles and Head of the Fish, during the fall racing season.
One of three team captains, Reilly’s successful senior season scored an impressive list of accolades, including seven Liberty League Boat of the Week awards, All-Liberty League, and her third consecutive Liberty League Crew of the Year award. She is the only Liberty League rower to earn All-American recognition this season.
Reilly and the Heron 1V are currently competing in the NCAA Division III Championships in Indianapolis. William Smith was fourth in its opening heat this morning and will race again at 3:40 p.m. in the repechage. Reilly has helped the 1V to third place finishes in the NCAA grand final in each of the past two seasons.
Reilly graduated from William Smith on May 18 with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
Rowing All-Americans are selected based on several criteria, including 2,000-meter erg score, coach’s comments, the team’s record and strength of schedule, and the team’s end of season regatta results.