Andrus and Keffer Receive All-Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference Honors

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University rowers Hilary Andrus (Jr., Chimacum, WA/Chimacum HS) and Nathan Keffer (Santa Fe, NM/Monte Del Sol Charter School) have been selected for All-Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference (NCRC) recognition for their efforts during the 2008-09 season. The Bearcats compete against seven other colleges and universities in the NCRC in men's and women's rowing.

Andrus helped the WU women's team tie for second place in the overall standings at the NCRC Championship Regatta at Lake Stevens, Wash., on April. Keffer led the Bearcat men's team to a fourth place overall finish at the NCRC Championships.

The Willamette women's varsity eight+, which includes Andrus, was tied for #8 in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) rankings for NCAA Division III released on April 22. Three other NCRC teams were nationally ranked in the WV8+ last week, including WU's primary rival, the University of Puget Sound. The Loggers were listed at #5 in NCAA Division III.

Western Washington University was ranked #2 in NCAA Division II. Seattle Pacific University held the #5 spot in the NCAA Division II Poll.

Recommended standards for the NCRC All-Conference Team are a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, demonstrated leadership on his or her team, plus activities such as community service that make the student-athlete an outstanding role model. Selections also should possess qualities that reflect an exceptional commitment to their respective teams.

Andrus is co-captain of the Bearcat women's team. Keffer is the captain of the Willamette men's team.

The All-Conference selections for Andrus and Keffer add to WU's special awards so far this spring. Following the NCRC Championship Regatta, Head Coach Susan Parkman was named NCRC Women's Coach of the Year.

Willamette's next action is scheduled for May 2-3 at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships. The regatta, featuring many of the top teams on the West Coast, will be held at Lake Natoma near Sacramento, Calif.

Willamette women's rowing co-captain Hilary Andrus has been named All-NCRC.

Willamette women's rowing co-captain Hilary Andrus has been named All-NCRC.