The William Smith College rowing team handed out its team awards at the annual Heron Athletics Banquet on April 21. Senior Emily Andersen earned the Weiskittel Most Valuable Oarswoman Award, while first-year Jennifer Sullivan received the Rowing Coach’s Award.
Andersen always put her teammates first, saw and celebrated the diverse talents and personalities of every member, and helped the team meet challenges with an honest and persistent but cheerfully optimistic approach. Athletically, she attacked this year with a fierce determination. She helped the varsity eight earn a gold medal at the Liberty League Championships, guiding the Herons to their fifth straight conference title. Along with the rest of the varsity eight, she collected Liberty League Boat of the Week honors twice this season.
Andersen was a three-time member of the Liberty League All-Academic Team and earned ECAC NIRC Stewards All-Academic honors twice. She was also a member of the Liberty League Novice Crew of the Year in 2012.
Sullivan was a member of the Herons’ second varsity eight and novice eight this season. She stood out this year for her grit, competitiveness, and athleticism. Sullivan helped William Smith earn a gold medal in the second varsity eight and the conference title at the Liberty League Championships. She also won bronze at the New York State Championships. Sullivan was a member of the novice eight that garnered Liberty League Boat of the Week honors after taking fourth place and trailing only one Division III opponent, Williams, at the Head of the Fish.
At the Liberty League Championship, the Herons won gold in the varsity eight, second varsity eight, varsity four and novice eight on their way to their fifth-straight conference crown. William Smith collected a silver medal in the novice eight and a bronze in the second varsity eight at the New York State Championships and captured a gold medal in the women’s open four at the ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championships.