DURHAM, N.C. – Recent graduate Shannon Tierney was named Second Team All-America by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA), while classmates Isabel Ruby-Hill and Sophie Simister were named All-America Honorable Mention.
The All-America honor is Tierney’s first of her career. The Hackettstown, N.J., native, who sat in the V8 boat the entire season, earned a silver medal at the ACC Championships in the V8 race, helping Duke complete a record breaking season. Duke earned its first gold medal at the ACC Championship in school history in the V4 boat, while the V8, 2V8, 2V4 and 3V8 all earned silver medals. In April, Tierney was invited to partake in the 2019 USRowing Under 23 Men’s and Women’s National Selection Camp this summer.
Ruby-Hill and Simister each achieved their first All-America honor of their career. The recent graduates each notched All-ACC First Team, while Ruby-Hill earned All-CRCA Conference a season ago. Along with Tierney, Ruby-Hill and Simister were a mainstay in the V8 boat this season, as the V8 crew recorded two wins and four top-two finishes this season. The V8 boat finished fifth in the C Final at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind.
Ruby-Hill, Simister and Tierney were a part of Duke’s first ever trip to the NCAA Championships in 2016. The trio combined for five All-ACC honors and helped Duke obtain its highest ranking in program history at No. 12, both in 2016 and 2019.