Courtney Berger & NSU Freshman Eight Earn SSC Female Sportsmanship Award
Courtney Berger and the crew of the Nova Southeastern Freshman Eight have been selected as the winners of the 2011 Sunshine State Conference Female Sportsmanship Award.
Led by coxswain Berger, the Shark Eight gave aid to a Rollins rower who was having a medical emergency while on the water.
Competing in the SIRA regatta in April, the crew noticed that the distressed rower had slumped over her oar while having severe difficulty breathing and not responding to verbal cues from her teammates. The officials had not seen the rower in distress, and the Rollins crew was having difficulty securing assistance for its teammate.
Berger maneuvered her 60-foot long boat to position herself close enough to jump into the Tar skull to lend aid. She then held the rower upright until she regained control of her breathing and consciousness. Berger’s crew shouted words of encouragement and flagged down an official’s launch to secure further assistance.
Joining Berger (Sratford, N.J.) in the Shark Eight boat that day were Victoria Cicconee (Brigantine, N.J.), Emily Harrington (Virginia Beach, Va.), Deonnah Findley (Minneapolis, Minn.), Jennifer McDaniel (Deland, Fla.), Nicole Mesa (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), Heather Reese (Charlston, S.C.), Caitlin Mooney (Centerville, Mass.), and Dayna Triana (Homassa, Fla.).