Hafkey Chosen First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University rower Kara Hafkey (So., Mesa, AZ/Glencoe HS, OR) has been named First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII on the College Division women’s at-large team, as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Hilary Andrus (Jr., Chimacum, WA/Chimacum HS) was selected for the Second Team. Hafkey and Andrus were two of 23 athletes in a variety of sports who were chosen for the Academic All-District Team.

Athletes named First Team All-District are eligible for the ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic All-America Team. The list of All-America selections is scheduled to be released on June 11.

Hafkey competed as the stroke on Willamette's varsity lightweight eight+ and was 2-seat on the second varsity eight+. The WL8+ was ranked 18th in the nation on May 20 based on points in the U.S. Rowing Poll for all three NCAA Divisions and club teams. Hafkey is majoring in Spanish and Psychology and owns a 3.95 cumulative grade point average.

Andrus, the co-captain of the Bearcat women's rowing team, recently was named First Team All-America by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). She is majoring in Mathematics and has a 3.61 GPA.

This summer, Andrus will participate in two U.S. Rowing Women’s National Team Pre-Elite Camps in Indiana. She was named All-Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference this season after helping the Bearcats tie for second place in the women's team standings at the NCRC Championships.

Willamette's WV8+ concluded the regular season with a #9 national ranking in the NCAA Division III Poll conducted by the CRCA. The WV8+ also was selected for the NCAA Championship Regatta and took third place in the Petite Qualifier, before placing fifth in the Petite Final to finish 11th overall.

CoSIDA District VIII includes colleges and universities in the western United States. Players nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team were starters or key reserves with cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher (4.0 scale). Each athlete was at her current college or university for at least one academic year.

The College Division includes athletes in NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and the NAIA. Willamette is a member of NCAA Division III and competes in the Northwest Conference. Athletes were eligible for the women's at-large team if they competed in bowling, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, rowing, skiing, swimming, tennis or water polo.

Kara Hafkey has been named First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District.

Kara Hafkey has been named First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District.

Hilary Andrus has earned Second Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors.

Hilary Andrus has earned Second Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors.