LaVigne closes out Pios career with second straight All-American selection

LaVigne closes out Pios career with second straight All-American selection

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Adding to a women's pair victory at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Championships this past season, Lewis & Clark senior Ryan LaVigne earned her second straight Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division III All-America Award, the organization announced on Monday.

LaVigne earned a spot on the second team and was among three Northwest Conference student-athletes to earn an All-America award overall.

"Ryan has set and reset the standard for our team the last two years and has absolutely established herself as one of the strongest women in Division III," said head coach Sam Taylor. "I'm thrilled to see her earn this honor again. We're going to miss her leadership on our team."

LaVigne entered the spring season as the team's all-time record holder on the erg. With teammate Natalie Stroud, LaVigne won the women's pair during the final day of the WIRA Championships last April, clearing the field by over 10 seconds with a time of 8:37.141. During LaVigne's junior season, both she and Stroud earned All-NWC honors.

To earn an All-America award, a student-athlete must have rowed in at least 75 percent of the season's races in the varsity boat. All-Americans are selected from those already named First-Team All-Region. Criteria considered for selection include boat performance, nomination rank, coach's comments, individual achievements and 2K erg score.

LaVigne's selection gives the Pioneers four straight All-Americans. Katja Putzke was chosen two years ago and Maddie Pierce was selected following the 2014-15 season. LaVigne was one of five seniors on the women's team last season.