MEDFORD - For the first time in program history, Tufts University Women's Rowing has a first team All-American as junior Sera Busse was recognized as such on Tuesday.
Busse is one of nine members of The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association's (CRCA) Pocock All-America first team for the 2017 season. A nine-member second team was also announced. These awards recognize the outstanding performances of rowers and coxswains at NCAA Division III institutions.
As a walk-on to the sport a year ago, Busse rowed her way into the varsity eight for New England's and the National Invitational Rowing Championships (NIRC) in 2016. This year she lowered her 2K ergometer time to a decade-strongest 7:06 and was a key contributor to the speed of the eight throughout the spring
According to Tufts women's coach Brian Dawe, her training regime was an inspiration to the entire team, both the women's and men's squads. In particular, she showed the first-year rowers, both recruits and walk-ons, that it is possible to transform oneself with steady effort and a positive outlook.
"When asked advice on how to train, Sera's reply to the recruits was, 'Just get over yourself and stick to the plan,'" Dawe said. "She has a clear picture in her head of what we are trying to accomplish technically and has demonstrated such commitment to self and team improvement that Sera has a great future ahead of her."
The Jumbos were 10-1 during the regular-season this spring. They were fifth in the grand final at both the New England Rowing Championships and the NIRC. In the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship, which is held in conjunction with the NIRC, Tufts was third among conference teams this spring.
This is the second straight year that Tufts has placed a rower on the CRCA / Pocock All-America teams. Rachel Siegler was a second-team selection in 2016.
Busse was also part of a Tufts Women's Rowing first when she joined teammates Emma Conroy and Libby Lichter as members of the 2017 NESCAC All-Conference team. The three Jumbo honorees were the most ever.
"We are happy to have Sera returning next year and hope that her example will inspire the rest of the women's squad," Coach Dawe said.