Hafkey and Mitchell are Chosen Second Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University rowers Kara Hafkey (Jr., Mesa, AZ/Glencoe HS, OR) and Emily Mitchell (Sr., Vancouver, WA/Columbia River HS) have been selected Second Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII on the College Division women’s at-large team, as voted by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Hafkey and Mitchell were two of 22 student-athletes in a variety of sports who were chosen for the Academic All-District Team.

Hafkey was named to the Academic All-District Team for the second consecutive season. She was a First Team selection in 2008-09.

This year, Hafkey and Mitchell helped the Willamette women's lightweight varsity eight+ earn a #13 ranking in the nation among NCAA Division I, II, III and club teams in the USRowing Collegiate Poll released on May 19. The Bearcats took second place at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Assocation (WIRA) Championships in the WLV8+, finishing behind only Stanford University, which is ranked #2 in the nation.

In addition, Hafkey and Mitchell rowed on the women's varsity lightweight 4+. The WVL4+ took first place at the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference (NCRC) Championships and was fourth at the WIRA Championships this spring. Mitchell also rowed for the Bearcats on the women's second varsity 8+.

Hafkey is working on a double major in Psychology and Spanish. She has achieved a 3.89 cumulative grade point average at Willamette. Mitchell is majoring in German and a minor in Chemistry to go with a 3.92 cumulative GPA.

As a sophomore, Hafkey participated on the WLV8+ and the women's second varsity eight+. The WLV8+ concluded the 2008-09 season by placing second at WIRA and receiving points in the final USRowing Poll.

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 Second Team Academic All-District VIII.

Kara Hafkey has been named Second Team Academic All-District VIII.

Emily Mitchell was named Second Team Academic All-District VIII.

Emily Mitchell was named Second Team Academic All-District VIII.