Rintell, Fitts earn women's rowing All-America honors; Bates coaches repeat as Division III Staff of the Year

The Bates rowing coaching staff of head coach Peter Steenstra (middle) and assistants Elizabeth Kinney (left) and Haley Eovine (right) won Division III Staff of the Year for the third straight season, leading the Bobcats to a third straight NCAA title. (© Justin Tafoya/NCAA Photos)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Senior captain stroke Lena Rintell and junior Hannah Fitts were both named Division III All-Americans, while Bates head coach Peter Steenstra and his assistants were named the country's best Division III staff for the third straight year, as announced Wednesday by the College Rowing Coaches Association.

Assistant coaches Haley Eovine and Elizabeth Kinney join Steenstra in earning Division III Staff of the Year honors after leading Bates to a third straight NCAA championship in June.

Rintell (Brookline, Mass.) caps off her remarkable collegiate rowing career in style as a first team All-American, her first All-America honor. A three-time All-NESCAC selection, Rintell was the only senior in the first varsity eight boat this season. She was in the 1V her entire Bates career, helping Bates win three NCAA titles as well as the Collegiate Eights race at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta last fall. Rintell also excelled in the classroom during her time at Bates, earning NESCAC All-Academic honors three times and being named a Senior Scholar Award recipient by the Bates Department of Athletics. She graduated this spring with a degree in sociology. 

Fitts (Pawtucket, R.I.), sat in the seven seat of the 1V right behind Rintell at the NCAA Championships. A second team All-American, this is also Fitts' first All-America honor of her career. A two-time All-NESCAC selection, Fitts is following in Rintell's footsteps, having been in the first varsity eight boat since day one at Bates. Fitts has now been part of three national championship teams and she is a two-time NESCAC All-Academic selection, currently pursuing a degree in physics.  

Rintell and Fitts become the 17th and 18th Bates women's rowers in program history to earn All-America honors. 

CRCA All-Americans are chosen on the basis of six factors: strength of schedule; regular season record; end of season regatta results; nomination rank; coach's comments; and 2,000 meter erg score.

According to the CRCA, the staff of the year awards are "intended to recognize a staff who has had a significant impact on the performance of their team, has shown outstanding commitment to their coach and has demonstrated a high level of professionalism and integrity as a staff."