Andrus and Whitehead Receive All-Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference Honors

By Sara Brooks, Assistant Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6219

SALEM, ORE. -- Hilary Andrus (Sr., Chimacum, WA/Chimacum HS) and Marc Whitehead (Sr., Sherwood, OR/Sherwood HS) from Willamette University have been selected for All-Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference (NCRC) recognition for their efforts during the 2009-10 season. The Bearcats compete against six other colleges and universities in the NCRC in men's and women's rowing.

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.

Hilary Andrus

Andrus has earned multiple awards and accolades during her career at Willamette. Most recently, Andrus was selected to participate in the Women's Under-23 National Team Camp sponsored by U.S. Rowing. Andrus was selected specifically to be a sculling rower. She is a captain of the WU women's team this season.

Following her junior year, Andrus was named First Team All-America by the CRCA. She participated in the U.S. Rowing Women’s National Team Pre-Elite Camp in Indiana last summer. She was named All-Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference in 2009, as well.

Marc Whitehead

Whitehead is the captain on the men's team this spring. The biology major is in his third year with the rowing team at WU. For Whitehead, rowing has been a rewarding athletic experience.

"Rowing is rhythmic and smooth, but at the same time involves more brute force and intensity that any other sport I have done," said Whitehead.

The Bearcats also had 23 student-athletes earn NCRC All-Academic honors.

Women's All-Academic Recipients
Anna Akins (So., Port Townsend, WA/Port Townsend HS)
Hilary Andrus (Sr., Chimacum, WA/Chimacum HS)
Kate Burns (So., Santa Cruz, CA/Sandpoint Sr. HS)
Lindsay Cason (Fr., Anchorage, AK/West Anchorage HS)
Jenna Chiono (Fr., Summer Lake, OR/Paisley HS)
Abby Clark (Sr., Boxford, MA/Masconomet Reg. HS)
Blair Davis (Fr., Portland, OR/Sunset HS)
Kara Hafkey (So., Tempe, AZ/Glencoe HS)
Lauren Henken (Fr., Boise, ID/Riverstone International School)
Karina Hoogstede (So., Poulsbo, WA/North Kitsap HS)
Gwen Hryciw (Fr., Portland, OR/Sunset HS)
Heidi Hunt (So., Bellingham, WA/Sehome HS)
Valerie Jacobson (So., Littleton, CO/Colorado State University)
Emily Mitchell (Sr., Vancouver, WA/Columbia River HS)
Ellen Scheffer (So., Whitefish, MT/Whitefish HS)
Sarah Schroeder (So., Wilsonville, OR/Wilsonville HS)
Shayna Sigman (Fr., Calabasas, CA/Calabasas HS)
Lars Stiglich (Fr., Vancouver, WA/Columbia River HS)
Kelsey Thompson (Fr., Arvada, CO/Lakewood HS)
Kelsey White (So., Camp Sherman, OR/Sisters HS)

Men's All-Academic Recipients
Max Mensinger (Fr., Pleasanton, CA/Foothill HS)
Jackson Sheedy (Fr., Boise, ID/Riverstone International School)
Marc Whitehead (Sr., Sherwood, OR/Sherwood HS)

Willamette will be back in the water at the WIRA Championships in Rancho Cordova, Calif., from April 30 through May 2. Races will begin at 8 a.m. (PDT).

Hilary Andrus has earned All-NCRC recognition for the second year in a row.

Hilary Andrus has earned All-NCRC recognition for the second year in a row.