June 10, 2004
Three members of the 2004 NCAA Champion Brown women's crew team received CRCAFirst Team All-American honors as well as CRCA National Scholar Athletes. Seniors Erika Faires (Pulaski, PA), Karen Prazar (Exeter, NH), and Marie Walcott (Wellesley, MA) were all honored for their roles all season long, leading up to Brown's fourth National Championship.
The National Scholar-Athlete award is designed to recognize the oustanding academic accomplishments of female rowers and coxswains throughout the season. The criteria include participating in at least 75% of the season's races in the varsity boat as well as maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher through the fall of the current season.
Prazar and Walcott rowed in the varsity eight boat throughout the regular season as well as the post-season. Prazar, a two-time All-American, was the mainstay of the number five seat while Walcott was a fixture at the number two seat. The Bears varsity eight won the grand final race at Nationals. Faires stepped into the second varsity eight boat for Nationals as its coxswain after spending the regular season and the Eastern Sprints in the varsity eight boat. The second varsity easily won its grand final race at Nationals.
The Bears finished with 70 points, 12 points ahead of second place finisher Yale at the Championships. Faires, Prazar and Walcott along with the rest of the Brown seniors flew back to Providence overnight after winning the National Title in Sacramento early in the day in order to make it to their graduation. The team arrived on the Brown campus at 8 a.m. with one hour to spare before the seniors had to begin lining up to receive their diplomas.