WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross women's rowing program has named sophomore Meiling May (Hanover, Mass.) as the 2011-2012 Crewsader Award winner, which is the team's MVP/Unsung Hero award. Also juniors Catherine Roy (Holliston, Mass.) and Aleks Torres (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) were named captains for the 2012-2013 season.
This season, May was the coxswain for the boat that finished eighth in the club eight race out of 16 teams at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. She was also a member of the varsity four that placed second in a race versus Bowdoin, UMass Lowell and Clark, and also finished second versus Bates, Trinity, Wellesley and WPI. As a freshman, she was the coxswain of the novice four boat that placed sixth at the New England Championship. She was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll as a freshman.
Both Roy and Torres were members of the varsity eight for all nine spring regattas. The Crusaders placed third at the New England Championship winning a bronze medal. The varsity eight also had two first-place finishes as it won a race versus Simmons and Smith, and a race versus UConn. The Crusaders also placed 13th out of 31 boats at the Knecht Cup, while they were fourth at the Patriot League Championship. During the fall season, the varsity eight placed fourth out of 36 boats at the Snake Regatta.
Roy, who has been a member of the varsity eight since her freshman year, qualified for the 2011 Women's National Team Pre-Elite Camp as one of 18 rowers to be selected. She attended the U.S. National Team Freshman Camp at the University of Iowa in the summer of 2010, as one of 16 rowers picked. She was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll as a sophomore. This season, Roy was also a member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy.
This season Torres earned second team All-Patriot League honors. Torres, who missed the 2011 spring season due to an injury, has also been a member of the varsity eight since her freshman season. She rowed for the varsity eight in all 14 varsity races as a freshman. She was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll as a sophomore.