Austin, Texas (June 11, 2014) – In an online awards show this evening, produced by Chris Love Productions, the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) announced the 2014 All-American Team for the first time in this format. Fifty-two sailors were awarded this great honor. The names of the winners will be added to the ICSA Hall of Fame display located in the Robert Crown Center at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
A committee of coaches who represent the seven conferences in the ICSA selects the ICSA All-American Team. To select an All-American skipper, the committee evaluates a competitor based on their competitive record in inter-conference competition as well as conference and national championships. The committee analyzes how this record compares to fellow competitors, the quality of the competition the record was achieved in, the span of the record over the fall and spring seasons, results achieved with different crews, and how the record compares to previous All-American winners in past years.
For All-American crew selections, the committee uses criteria similar to skipper selection, but also considers: demonstrated leadership (may consider seniority), outstanding body mechanics and boat handling skills as well as proven ability to improve the results of the skipper(s) with whom he or she sails.
Justine Morrison became the first All-American crew for the Coast Guard Academy in at least fifteen years after a stellar season during which she helped lead the women's sailing team to multiple top-5 finishes at national level events. Morrison was a walk-on crew, having never sailed before participating in swab summer sailing during her freshman summer at the Academy. Her natural athleticism allowed her to quickly work into a starting postition on the team. During here sophomore year (2011) she helped the Bears qualify for the Women's National Championship after a long hiatus from post-season competition.
Nikole Barnes is the first Women's Honorable Mention All-American since Krysia Pohl was named to the team in 1996. Barnes had a standout opening season of collegiate competition to become one of only three freshman on the entire 2014 All-American team. Barnes entered the Acacemy after an extensive youth racing career, highlighted by winning the bronze medal in the 2011 Youth World Sailing Championship.
Together, Barnes and Morrison's divisional results from the 2013-2014 season were key to the success of the team overall. In the Fall, they won B-Division at the Women's Atlantic Coast Championship hosted by Cornell and finished 3rd in B-Division at the Rose Bowl in Long Beach, CA. Sailing both coed and women's events during this past spring, making their schedule the most taxing on the team, the duo cosistently finished near the top in their division. They were 3rd in B-Division at the Thompson Trophy at Coast Guard, 2nd at the Dellenbaugh Women's at Brown, 7th in A-Division at the Women's New England Championship and 5th in B-Division at the Coed New England Championship. Capping off a spectacular season and career for Morrison, they finished 4th in A-Division at the Women's National Championship and 7th in B-Division at the Coed National Championship.
The ICSA All-American Awards Show in its entirety: