Five Willamette Rowers Earn National Scholar-Athlete Honors

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- Five Willamette University rowers have been named National Scholar-Athletes for 2007-08 as selected by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). Willamette's selections were Hilary Andrus (So., Chimacum, WA/Chimacum HS), Lacey Ellingson (So., Shoreview, MN/Mounds View HS), Emily Mitchell (So., Vancouver, WA/Columbia River HS), Lauren Schwartz (Sr., Medford, OR/St. Mary's HS) and Laura Jones (Jr., Boise, ID/Boise HS).

Overall, a total of 78 student-athletes from 23 NCAA Division III colleges and universities were chosen. Willamette, Ithaca College (N.Y.) and Simmons College (Mass.) tied for the third largest number of selections with five each. The University of Puget Sound (Wash.) led all teams with seven National Scholar-Athletes, while Mount Holyoke College was second with six.

Laura JonesThe CRCA chose the National Scholar-Athletes through several criteria. A rowing team member had to meet eligibility regulations, be at least a sophomore athletically, row a minimum of 75% of the spring races or race in a regional conference meet in order to qualify for the award. Also each student-athlete had to achieve at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average through the fall of 2007.

Hilary AndrusAndrus is majoring in Chemistry and Mathematics at Willamette. She has a 3.53 cumulative GPA (through fall of 2007). Ellingson is majoring in Biology with a 3.52 GPA. Mitchell has a double-major in Biology and German and has earned a 3.93 GPA.

Lauren SchwartzSchwartz completed her bachelor's degree this spring with a major in Biology. She owned a 3.56 GPA through the fall of 2007. Jones graduated with a major in History. She held a 3.52 GPA through the fall semester.

Lacey Ellingson
Led by the five National Scholar-Athletes, the Willamette men's and women's rowing teams both earned All-Academic status in the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference (NCRC) for 2007-08. In addition to Willamette, NCRC members are Humboldt State University, Lewis & Clark College, Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle Pacific University and Western Washington University.

Emily MitchellWillamette enjoyed success during the 2007-08 season. The Bearcats took fifth place in the collegiate women's 4+ at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Mass., last fall. WU also achieved two third place finishes and two fourth place finishes at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships this spring. The WU women took sixth in the team standings at the WIRA Championships for the top finish by an NCAA Division III squad.

The Bearcats also earned national rankings. Willamette's women's varsity 8+ was ranked eighth in the cMax Ratings for NCAA Division III released on May 27. The Bearcats finished the season ranked 15th in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA)/U.S. Rowing Poll for Division III women's varsity eights. WU was 18th in the U.S. Rowing Poll for women's varsity lightweight eights in all three NCAA Divisions.

2007-08 CRCA National Scholar-Athletes for NCAA Division III - Complete List

Five members of the Willamette women's rowing team have earned CRCA National Scholar-Athlete honors.

Five members of the Willamette women's rowing team have earned CRCA National Scholar-Athlete honors.