Laura Cowal
Laura Cowal


Thorold, Ontario

High School:
Denis Morris



Cromie Named Big Ten Freshman of the Year

First-year rower stroked varsity eight at Big Ten Championships


Spartans Head to Big Ten Championships

MSU looks for fourth championship

2011: Rowed with the varsity eight in every race sitting mostly at the stroke or six seat ...Named the 2011 Big Ten Rowing Athlete of the Year... Honored as a member of the First Team All-Big Ten... Named to the All-Central Region First Team... Captured her fourth consecutive Big Ten gold medal in the varsity eight when the Spartans took first place in the race with a time of 6:17.12 and a 3.41 second margin of victory over Ohio State... Advanced to the Grand Finals at the NCAA regatta where the varsity eight rowed to a sixth-place finish with a time of 6:36.12... Helped the Spartans capture the Dale England Cup with a sweep of Boston University, Gonzaga and Indiana and posted a 4.1 second victory over the Hoosiers... Captured two Big Ten victories over Minnesota and Wisconsin with the varsity eight in the Spartans' only home race ... Rowed to a win over Texas by 4.3 seconds .... Notched a 3.7 second victory over No. 17 Washington State with the varsity eight.

2010: Defeated both No. 9 Michigan and Notre Dame in the first race of the season... Posted a season-best time of 6:15.9 in wins over Gonzaga and Buffalo... Recorded victories over Cornell, Indiana and Ohio State by 12 seconds or more... Took first place in the Big Ten Championships with a time of 6:17.41... Rowed to a second place finish in the 2010 South/Central Sprints... Came in 7th place in the 2010 NCAA Regatta with a time of 6:28.53.

2009: A CRCA All-Central Region second team selection who rowed as a member of the varsity eight in all seven races, sitting at the bow ... Helped the varsity eight to a first-place finish in the petite finals at the NCAA Regatta ... Member of the varsity eight crew which took first at the Big Ten Championships in a time of 6:06.30 ... Helped lead the varsity eight to a pair of victories at the Big Ten Double Duals ... Helped the varsity eight to an open water victory over No. 20 Notre Dame ... An Academic All-Big Ten selection.

2008: Named the fourth Big Ten Freshman of the Year in program history after rowing as a member of the varsity eight boat in every race, including stroking the varsity eight in the in all of the postseason races ... Member of the varsity eight in every race, including the crew that earned a fifth-place finish at the NCAA National Regatta, finishing in 7:33.99 ... Member of the varsity eight boat that took home the Big Ten Championship, finishing just ahead of runner-up Ohio State at 6:31.0 ... Helped her crew earn runner-up honors at the South/Central Regatta, finishing just two seconds behind No. 3 Virginia ... Was a member of the crew that earned Big Ten Boat of the Week after topping the No. 15 Louisville and Minnesota.

Personal: Born Oct. 2, 1989 ... Daughter of Stan and Lucy Cowal ... A psychology major.