Harvard/Radcliffe Athletes, Coach Up for USRowing Fan’s Choice Awards

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Harvard lightweight crew coach Charley Butt and student-athletes Andrew Campbell and Lucy Grinalds are all candidates for 2011 USRowing Fan’s Choice Awards.

Each of the three Harvard/Radcliffe representatives is up for a different USRowing honor. Voting is underway at and closes at midnight Oct. 28.

Butt is a candidate for Collegiate Coach of the Year after guiding the Crimson lightweights to a second straight undefeated dual season, an Eastern Sprints title and a runner-up finish. He helped eight Harvard lights make national teams. Included in that group is Campbell, whom Butt coached to the men’s lightweight single final at the World Rowing Championships and World Rowing Under 23 Championships.

Campbell, coming off a summer to remember following his freshman year at Harvard, is a candidate for National Team Rower of the Year. The youngest member of the U.S. National Team, Campbell placed fourth at the World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia. That performance came barely a month after he placed third at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Amsterdam.

Grinalds, a freshman on the Radcliffe heavyweight crew, is a nominee for Junior Rower of the Year. She rowed in the world-champion U.S. women’s four at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Eton, England, helping the United States to its first win in the event since 2000. Grinalds also won a national championship in the junior pair, placed third nationally in the youth women’s eight and was the runner-up among  junior lightweight women at the C.R.A.S.H.-B. World Indoor Rowing Championships.