June 14, 2002
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Four members of the Michigan State women's crew earned All-Central Region honors as selected by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). Krista Buzzell (Sr., Fenton, Mich.), Rachel Miller (Jr., Meeteetse, Wy.) and Cassandra Weddel (Sr., East Tawas, Mich.) were named First Team All-Central Region. Kate Gay (Jr., Cowra, New South Wales, Australia) earned second-team honors.
Buzzell was selected as Co-Big Ten Women's Rowing Athlete of the Year after leading the Varsity Eight to a third-place finish at the 2002 Big Ten Championships. She is a two-time First Team All-Big Ten honoree and this marks the second-straight season in which she has earned first team all-region honors. In 2001, she earned CRCA Second Team All-America honors.
This also marks the second-straight season in which Miller has earned first team all-region honors. As a member of the Varsity Eight, Miller earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors at the 2002 Big Ten Championships. In 2001, she was named CRCA First Team All-American.
Weddel, the coxswain for MSU's Varsity Eight, is making her first appearance on the First Team All-Central Region squad. In 2000, she earned a spot on the second team. It is the second apperance for Gay on the All-Central Region Second Team, having previously earned the honor in 2001. Gay earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors as a member of the Varsity Eight at the 2002 Big Ten Championships.
Athletes are chosen to the all-region teams based on the following criteria: varsity eight record, strength of schedule, nomination rank (the rank order of nominees as chosen by the nominating coach), coach's comments and the 2K erg score.