Henselman and Schwartz Receive All-Conference Awards in NCRC

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University senior men's rower Greg Henselman (Corvallis, OR/Kamiak HS) and senior women's rower Lauren Schwartz (Medford, OR/St. Mary's HS) have been selected for All-Conference honors by the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference (NCRC). Henselman and Schwartz also were included among 14 Willamette rowers earning NCRC All-Academic Awards.

Henselman was the captain of the Willamette men's rowing team this year. He also was the captain for the WU men's swimming team. He has contributed to the growth of the men's rowing squad both in terms of participation and success.

Schwartz was one of the top rowers for the Bearcat women's team. She competed at stroke for Willamette's WV8+ and WV4+ crews. The WV8+ from Willamette has been ranked as high as 16th in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Poll this spring and was ranked 14th in the cMax rankings released on April 30.

She helped WU place fifth in the WV4+ at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston on Oct. 20, 2007. She was nominated this spring for the Jean Williams Award, which honors Willamette's top female student-athlete based on scholarship, leadership and athleticism.

The Bearcat men's team placed four athletes on the list of NCRC All-Academic Award winners. They were Henselman, Matt Bailin (Fr., Las Vegas, NV/Valley HS), Paul McKean (Fr., Beaverton, OR/Westview HS) and Joel Ribbens (Fr., Nikiski, AK/Nikiski HS).

Ten members of the WU women's team received NCRC All-Academic Awards. Schwartz qualified for the honor, along with Ari Alibabaie (Fr., Troutdale, OR/Reynolds HS), Hilary Andrus (So., Chimacum, WA/Chimacum HS), Lacey Ellingson (So., Shoreview, MN/Mounds View HS), Kara Hafkey (Fr., Hillsboro, OR/Glencoe HS), Geneva Hooten (Fr., Vancouver, WA/Mountain View HS), Kendra Kennedy (Fr., Anchorage, AK/Robert Service HS), Emily Mitchell (So., Vancouver, WA/Columbia River HS), Kesa Sovulewski (Fr., Bozeman, MT/Bozeman HS) and Amy Wada (Fr., Honolulu, HI/Idani HS).

Henselman owns a 3.88 grade point average. He is majoring in Mathematics and Classical Studies. He has been on the Dean's List all four years at Willamette and received a Presidential Scholarship in 2007.

He has contributed to the community by serving as the coordinator of service projects for the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society. He also was the chairman of the student task force that defined the governance structure for WU's Kaneko Commons residence hall. He has served as Kaneko's treasurer and has been an officer for Phi Delta Theta.

Schwartz has a 3.51 GPA and is majoring in Biology with a minor in Spanish. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society. She has served as the vice president of administration for the Panhellenic Council at Willamette and has been the fund-raising chair for the Mortar Board organization.

She has been the vice president of finance for the local chapter of Alpha Chi Omega and belongs to the Order of Omega honor society. She has earned recognition as a National Hispanic Scholar and has been nominated for the Botanical Society of America's Young Botanist Award.

She plans to attend the University of Oregon as a student in the Master of Landscape Architecture program. She has been awarded the Marie and Arthur Berger Scholarship at the U. of O.

Lauren Schwartz was named All-Conference by the NCRC. She was stroke on Willamette's WV4+ that took fifth place at the Head of the Charles Regatta.

Lauren Schwartz was named All-Conference by the NCRC. She was stroke on Willamette's WV4+ that took fifth place at the Head of the Charles Regatta.

Greg Henselman received NCRC All-Conference honors. He was the captain of the Willamette men's rowing team.

Greg Henselman received NCRC All-Conference honors. He was the captain of the Willamette men's rowing team.