Bearcat rowers tie for No. 1 in Division III in scholar-athletes

The Willamette women’s rowing program not only had a solid season on the water last spring, but the Bearcats tied for No. 1 in NCAA Division III in the number of individuals chosen to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Scholar-Athlete teams.

The Willamette program had seven of the 45 individuals honored in Division III, the same number as Ithaca (N.Y.) College. Johns Hopkins and Smith College each had five individuals honored.

The Bearcat rowers selected to the CRCA National Scholar-Athlete team for Division III include:
Aubrey Merryman 3.53 Exercise science Los Angeles, Calif. (Claremont HS)
Beth Kowal* 3.79 Anthropology Spokane, Wash. (Mead HS)
Emily Caruso 3.69 Biology Forestdale, Mass. (Sandwich HS)
Felicia Russell 3.76 Biology Kent, Wash. (Kent)
Jenny Schaecher* 3.65 Psychology Elk Grove, Calif. (Laguna Creek)
Kenady Reuland 3.54 Biology Langley, Wash. (South Whidbey)
Rayna Saeki 3.65 Psychology Honolulu, Hawaii (Lutheran)

* Graduated in May

Only one other school in the NCAA had seven individual honorees: Seattle Pacific of Division II. The highest number of award winners by an NCAA Division I school was six by Notre Dame.