MEDFORD – Seniors Sera Busse and Emma Conroy of the Tufts University women's rowing team were announced as New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference first team selections for the second year in a row on Wednesday. Sophomore teammate Camden Myles joins them as a conference award winner on the second team.
This is the second straight year that head coach Brian Dawe's Tufts women's team has placed two on the All-Conference first team and received three honors total. Last year's three awards were the most ever and the Jumbos repeated the feat this season.
NESCAC has announced an All-Conference team since 2010. The 10-member squads are comprised of individuals from the eight league teams based on each team's finish at the NESCAC championships, which are held in conjunction with the National Invitational Rowing Championship (NIRC). Tufts was third among conference teams this spring.
The Tufts 1V8 – featuring Busse in 5 seat, Conroy at stroke and Myles in the 4 seat - was third out of seven in the confernece. The Jumbos qualified for the grand final at the NIRC with a 6:33.507 to place second in their heat. In the GF, Tufts was fifth overall and behind just Bates and Wesleyan in the conference with a time of 6:35 flat.
The Jumbo 1V8 also finaled at the New England Rowing Championships in Worcester on May 5. With Busse, Conroy and Myles in first varsity seats during the regular-season Tufts posted a 5-3 record.
Conroy stroked the first varsity for all four years at Tufts, starting with an NCAA sixth-place in Sacramento in 2015. She provided the heartbeat for the boat, its pulse, and led by example from the stroke seat. The final at NIRC saw Tufts overcome a slow start to catch the field, passing Williams in the last few meters and gaining constantly on the front runners. Rowing in seats next to each other all spring both Busse and Myles were the physical muscle in the boat, providing full power throughout races that all the other oarswomen tried to match.
"All three made everyone else in the crew better and the whole boat by the end of the season became much more than the sum of its parts," Dawe said. "Everyone in the boat deserves to be nominated. These three best exemplified that collective effort."