William Smith College junior coxswain Susan Tuvell was named to the College Rowing Coaches Association Pocock All-America second team. She is the 24th All-American in the history of the program and the fifth coxswain to earn All-America recognition.
“Suzie is the kind of leader and coxswain who makes teams great,” William Smith Head Coach Sandra Chu said. “Over the course of the racing season, she was always one step ahead of her crew and their competition, anticipating the correct strategy for the course and the conditions, the precise motivational push we needed, as well as the courage to push the team harder and demand more.”
Tuvell was the coxswain for the All-Liberty League team after guiding the Heron varsity eight to its fifth consecutive gold medal at the conference championships. Coupled with a gold medal performance by the second varsity eight, William Smith secured its fifth consecutive Liberty League team championship. A week later, Tuvell guided the Heron 1V to a fourth place finish in the grand final at the New York State Championships. She was a part of three Liberty League Boat of the Week award winning crews this season. William Smith’s varsity eight was ranked 11th in the nation in the final CRCA/USRowing coaches poll.
“In her own seat, she showed tremendous growth and improvements, adding to her tools, making changes in her audio on a dime, and investing in her technical skills with extra video review and other land work,” Chu said. “I’m confident that her contribution to the boat this year not only enabled it to out-perform my expectations but also assisted the entire team in doing so as well.”
Last season, Tuvell split time between the varsity eight and second varsity eight. She won gold medals in the 2V at both the Liberty League and New York State championships and earned a bronze medal in the varsity eight at the 2013 Head of the Charles.
As a first-year, she was a member of the Liberty League Novice Crew of the Year and moved into the second varsity eight that finished fifth in the NCAA Championships.
An all-star in the classroom as well, Tuvell is a two-time Liberty League All-Academic selection and a two-time ECAC NIRC Stewards All-Academic pick.
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.