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Marek Earns Honorable Mention All-America Honors

July 16, 2018

East Lansing, Mich. -- - Michigan State senior Nicole Marek (Grosse Ile, Mich.) has been selected as a Pocock Honorable Mention All-American by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA).

Marek becomes the 12th All-American in the Spartan rowing program, joining first-team selections Rachel Miller (First Team 2001, 2003, Second Team 2002), Krista Buzzell (2002), Stacey Hicks (2004), Erin Robertson (2005), Christen Brown (2006), Emily Regan (2010) and Laura Cowal (2011) and second-team picks Elizabeth Shuster (2000), Kate Gay (2003), Roz Bialczak (2007) and Kellie La Pointe (2001).

Spartans in :60: Nicole Marek

Marek wrapped up her Spartan career this spring and was a mainstay in the Spartan NCAA boats throughout her career. Three times, she was selected for the MSU entry in the Head of the Charles, helping MSU to three top-25 finishes, including a 10th-place finish in the fall of 2015. Most recently, Marek competed at the USA U23 camp, finishing second in the women’s pair.



Marek also excelled off the water, three times earning Big Ten Distinguished Scholar distinction and Academic All-Big Ten honors. A member of MSU’s Honors College, she made the Dean’s List every semester and earned the MSUFCU Dean’s Choice Grant, and graduated in May with a 3.962 cumulative grade-point average.

The four-year letterwinner was also involved in several campus and community endeavors. A member of Kappa Kappa Psi (National Honorary Band Fraternity), she was a member of the MSU Symphony and Concert bands and the MSU Clarinet Choir. She also was an assistant teacher for the MSU Community Music School early childhood classes and the Lansing Eastern High School beginning band class. Marek also volunteered as a Read 180 leaning tutor and participated with service learning with Kindergarteners at Forest View Elementary School.

“Nicole has been an outstanding rower in our program, and has matched that with top-notch academic achievement and has been a consistent contributor not only to the MSU community but in the larger East Lansing community as well,” said head coach Matt Weise. “She embodies the ideal of what we hope our student-athletes to be – well-rounded and excelling in all of those areas. We are extremely proud of what she has accomplished and she has been an outstanding representative of our program.”

A complete list of the 2018 Pocock All-Americans can be found at :

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