USRowing Announces 2013 Fan’s Choice Award Winners

by Allison Frederick, | Oct 16, 2013
Nearly 34,000 votes were cast, and when the polls closed Tuesday night, USRowing fans across the country selected the seven winners of 2013 Fan’s Choice Awards.
PRINCETON, N.J. – Nearly 34,000 votes were cast, and when the polls closed Tuesday night, USRowing fans across the country selected the seven winners of 2013 Fan’s Choice Awards.

Co-sponsored by USRowing and row2k Media, the seven award winners were nominated and voted for based on their contributions and excellence in rowing in 2013. They will be honored at the Golden Oars Awards Dinner on Wednesday, November 20, at the New York Athletic Club in New York City.

“Rowing is full of exceptional people with inspiring stories, and it was great to be involved in recognizing this group of rowing people," said Ed Hewitt of "Great people like these are what makes our sport special; thanks to all the nominees for giving their best to the sport, and tremendous congratulations to the winners."

“Congratulations to all the award winners and thank you to the fans that supported this year’s Fan’s Choice Awards through nominations and voting. The stories of all the nominees were inspiring and proved beyond a doubt that 2013 was a remarkable year for our sport,” said Beth Kohl, USRowing Chief Marketing Officer.

“Our vision for the Fan's Choice campaign was to share the amazing stories of accomplishment with the rowing community and to encourage our fans to participate in recognizing the year's top performances. We are excited to meet the winners at Golden Oars on November 20,” said Kohl.

The 2013 winners are:

Junior Athlete of the Year
Carolina Ratcliff - James Madison High School

Carolina Ratcliff’s stellar season at James Madison High School saw her win gold in the women’s pair at the 2013 USRowing Youth National Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and gold in the women’s eight at the 2013 Scholastic Rowing Association of America (SRAA) National Championships in Camden, N.J. She capped off the summer with a fifth-place finish for the U.S. in the women’s eight at the 2013 World Rowing Junior Championships in Trakai, Lithuania.

Collegiate Athlete of the Year
Justin Jones – Northeastern University

Standout Northeastern University junior Justin Jones helped his crew to a fourth-place finish at the 2013 Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships in June, crossing the line less than a half second off of the silver medal crew. In addition, the Bellmawr, N.J.-native competed in the final of the Ladies’ Challenge Plate at the 2013 Henley Royal Regatta, the first Henley final in 40 years for a Northeastern crew.

Masters Athlete of the Year
Jack Nunn – Long Beach Rowing Association

Jack Nunn, 32, won his age group at the 2013 C.R.A.S.H.-B. World Indoor Rowing Championship satellite regatta in Long Beach, Calif., which served as a regional qualifier. The son of 1968 Olympic bronze-medalist John Nunn, he went on to win the men’s pair, men’s double sculls and men’s four at the Spring Regatta in Long Beach, in addition to the masters B eight and club B eight events at the 2013 San Diego Crew Classic. In addition, Nunn raced at the 2013 World Masters Games in Lago di Candia, Italy, winning gold in the men’s C eight, men’s A eight, men’s A four and men’s A single sculls.

National Team Athlete of the Year
Amanda Polk – Women’s Eight

After traveling to the Olympic Games as a spare in 2012, Amanda Polk charged back in 2013 to win silver in the women’s eight at the first 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup in Sydney, Australia, and then win gold in the women’s eight and set a world record (5:54.16) in the final at the third 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland. The University of Notre Dame graduate from Pittsburgh, Pa., capped off the season with gold in the bow seat of the United States women’s eight at the World Rowing Championships in Chungju, South Korea.

Junior Coach of the Year
Holly Hatton – Bromfield-Acton/Boxborough Rowing

Under women’s head coach and program director Holly Hatton, Bromfield-Acton/Boxborough Rowing qualified 15 rowers for the 2013 USRowing Youth National Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn., where the women’s four with coxswain won gold. The former U.S. National Team coach and multi-world championship medalist coxswain also coached Bromfield-Acton/Boxborough’s women’s quadruple sculls crew at the 2013 Henley Women’s Regatta and at the 2013 Henley Royal Regatta, where the it finished in the top eight out of 21 boats.

Collegiate Coach of the Year
Charley Sullivan – University of Michigan

Named the 2013 American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) Assistant Coach of the Year, Charley Sullivan, the associate head coach of men's rowing at the University of Michigan entered his 20th season with the Wolverines this year. Last season, Sullivan coached the men's second varsity eight to a season record of 55-2, winning the 2013 Mid-America Collegiate Rowing Association (MACRA) Championships, the 2013 Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta for the second year in a row, the 2013 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships and the 2013 ACRA Championships. In addition, Sullivan assisted in coaching the men’s varsity eight that won gold at both the ECAC and ACRA Championships.

Masters Coach of the Year
Deirdre McLoughlin – Marin Rowing Association

Under the direction of masters women’s coach Deirdre McLoughlin, Marin Rowing Association won its fourth-straight first-place club finish at the 2013 San Diego Crew Classic. Marin also won in the women’s D event and finished third in the women’s B event. McLoughlin, who began her rowing career as a walk-on at Boston University, coached novices at BU and Northeastern University before crossing over to coach men’s club rowing at Kansas State University. She began coaching at Marin in 1999, and recently announced her departure from the coaching staff at the end of this season. McLoughlin currently travels with the United States National Team as a physical therapist on the medical staff.

For more information about the 2013 Golden Oars Awards Dinner, visit To purchase a ticket or secure a table, visit You may also place a half page or full page tribute ad in the Golden Oars Awards program in honor of a Fan’s Choice Award winner. Information may be found in link above.

Click here for a link to past Fan's Choice Award Winners.

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