LaVigne selected All-American

LaVigne selected All-American

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Lewis & Clark junior Ryan LaVigne was chosen to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division III Pocock All-America Second Team, the organization announced last week.

LaVigne was one of three Northwest Conference student-athletes on the list after competing in at least 75 percent of the Pioneers' varsity races last season.

"Getting recognized for all the hard work I put in this year, stretching all the way back to last summer, was a great feeling," said LaVigne. "The early mornings and seemingly endless erging with the team through winter and beyond paid off, not only with our incredible season but also with the all-American honor."

Lewis & Clark finished 12th in the CRCA national rankings. Along with Natalie Stroud, LaVigne was one of Lewis & Clark's two All-NWC selections following the NWC Championships in April.

"Ryan is one of the hardest-working student-athletes I've ever coached," said head coach Sam Taylor. "She's a tremendous teammate and has helped raise the level of our entire program."

"It is also a really great feeling to get all-American and be a trans athlete," said LaVigne. "I think that makes this extra special for me. It really shows that rowing is open for everyone. No matter how you identify.

"All this is motivation for my senior year and last season for Lewis & Clark."

With two seniors on the roster, the Pios finished third at the NWC Championships this past season.

The selection is Lewis & Clark's third straight. Katja Putzke was chosen last year and Maddie Pierce in 2014-15.