Harvard lightweight coach Charley Butt, Crimson rower Andrew Campbell, and Radcliffe freshman Lucy Grinalds received nominated for USRowing Fan's Choice Awards on Tuesday. Grinalds is a finalist for the Junior Rower of the Year, Campbell for National Team Rower of the Year, and Butt for Collegiate Coach of the Year.
Butt was nominated following a season in which the Harvard first and second varsity eights went undefeated in the dual season and won Eastern Sprints title. The Crimson 1V finished .02 seconds behind gold medalist Yale at IRAs. Meanwhile, a four composed of 2V rowers and then-sophomore coxswain Alex Saal capped off the team's second-boat success with a national title at the IRA regatta.
While Butt was nominated for his success at Harvard, his national team success was also cited in the brief. Butt helped eight of his rowers compete for their respective national teams this summer, and coached Campbell and Princeton grad Gevvie Stone in the single.
Campbell, meanwhile, is coming off a history-making summer in the lightweight single. Just a year after taking bronze at the Junior World Championships, Campbell finished third at U23 Worlds and took fourth at senior Worlds. The bronze medals at Junior and U23 Worlds stand as the highest U.S. finishes ever in the events, while his fourth place finish at senior Worlds is the highest U.S. finish since 2002. Campbell is currently training in hopes of competing for the US at the 2012 London Olympics in the double.
Of the three nominees currently with Harvard, Grinalds is the only one in the group to have won a World Championship in the past year. In her fourth straight year on the U.S. junior national team, she took gold in the straight four. Grinalds also won the U.S. Junior Nationals in the pair, took bronze at U.S. nationals in the eight, and earned a second place finish in the junior lightweight event at C.R.A.S.H.-B.s. Grinalds competed with the Connecticut Boat Club this summer is currently with the Black and White heavyweight team.