LW graduate Burns rows to First Team All-American spot

Courtesy of Western Washington University

Western Washington University (WWU) rowers Chloe Burns — a 2014 Lake Washington High graduate — and Karisa Stapp have been named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Pocock Division II All-America team.

Burns and Stapp — a 2014 Mount Baker High graduate — are the 21st and 22nd first-team rowing selections in the history of the program. This is the 10th time WWU has had a pair of first-team All-America selections in the same season, and first since 2013.

Burns and Stapp — WWU seniors to be — were key members of the Varsity 8+ during the 2017 national championship season for the Vikings, manning the stroke (Burns) and No. 7 seat (Stapp) positions. The Eights finished second in the NCAA Division II championships and teamed with the Fours to win the program’s eighth national championship.

In order to be considered for the CRCA All-America team, a student-athlete must have participated in at least 75 percent of all races during the current season and rowed at least 75 percent of the season’s races in the varsity boat. The strength of team’s schedule, regular season record, end of season regatta results, coaches’ comments and 2,000-meter erg score are also taken into account during the selection process.