The Crimson Tide is an affiliate member of Conference USA in the sport of rowing, where only Alabama and Tennessee sponsor NCAA Division I programs within the Southeastern Conference
Alabama Highlights: Senior - 2011-12 Served as coxswain in the Varsity 4+ boat that finished sixth at the Chattanooga Head Race...part of the Varsity 8+ boat that finished fourth at the Chattanooga Head Race...part of the Second Varsity 8+ boat that finished fifth at the Head of the Charles...rowed on Saturday and Sunday with the Varsity 8+ boat at the Head of the Hooch, finishing fourth on Sunday...part of the second place finished with the First Varsity 8+ boat at the Oak Ridge Regatta...rowed with the First Varsity 8+ in their sixth place finish at the San Diego Crew Classic...also rowed with the First Varsity 8+ in their fourth place finish in Rhode Island...part of the First Varsity 8+ in races against Iowa and Dartmouth and Cornell...part of the second place First Varsity 8+ finish at the C-USA Championships...named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll...earned Dean's List for the fall and spring semesters...earned a spot on the Southeastern Conference Honor Roll. Junior - 2010-11 Earned gold as part of the Second Varsity 8+ at the SIRA Championships ... part of the Tide's winning Second Varsity 8+ in the dual meet against Central Florida ... finished fourth in the petite final in the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy race at the San Diego Crew Classic ... earned a place on the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll ... named to the President's List (4.0 grade point average) for the spring semester ... earned Dean's List (3.5 or better GPA) for the fall semester.
Sophomore - 2009-10 Earned a bronze medal in the Club 8+ race at the Head of the Charles Regatta ... helped the Tide's Varsity A boat to a win against Kansas State ... rowed as part of the Tide's First Varsity 8+ throughout the spring semester ... helped the Varsity 8+ to a fourth place finish at the South/Central C Final ... earned a place on the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll ... inducted into Sigma Alpha Lambda honor society ... once again honored with The Community Outreach Award, given annually to the UA student-athletes with the highest overall service hours.
Freshman - 2008-09 Won a Gold Medal in the Grand Finals of the SIRA Championships First Novice 8+ race ... finished sixth in the Petite Final of the Novice 8+ race at the South/Central Sprint Championships ... earned wins as part of the Tide's Novice 8+ in dual meets against Tennessee and Kansas State and the tri-meet against UNC and SMU ... earned dual meet wins as part of the Tide's Novice 4+ against Kansas State ... helped the Crimson Tide's "A" Novice 8+ boat to a Gold Medal at the Hobbs Island Regatta ... part of the Novice 4+ that earned a Silver Medal at the Head of the Hooch Regatta ... named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll ... honored with The Community Outreach Award, given annually to the UA student-athletes with the highest overall service hours.
Prep Highlights: Varsity rower at Gloucester High ... team finished in the top three at states from 2004-2008 ... competed at nationals three years and medaled all three years, earning two silvers and a bronze ... competed in basketball, track and cross country ... member of the Latin Club, FCA and National Honor Society ... two-year secretary of the Beta Club ... rowed for Mobjack Rowing Club of Matthews, Va.
Personal Information: Full Name: Erika Linea Baranek ... daughter of Stephen and Diane Baranek ... grandfather played football for Cornell and the New York Giants ... communication studies major ... born January 5, 1990.