Nine Rowers Named CRCA Scholar-Athletes

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

SALEM, ORE. -- The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) has announced the 2010 National Scholar-Athletes and nine members from the Willamette University rowing team have been selected.

To earn the honor, student-athletes had to meet the following requirements:

• The student-athlete met all eligibility rules as defined by her institution.
• The student-athlete was in her 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year of eligibility.
• The student-athlete rowed in her institution's NCAA or IRA eligible boat(s) for a minimum of 75% of the current spring races or racing in a regional conference event.
• The head coach of the student-athletes' institution was a member in good standing of the CRCA as of May 1, 2010.

The following WU rowers earned the award:

Anna Akins, Undecided, LW8+, LW4+
Hilary Andrus, Math, Spanish, V8+, V4+
Kate Burns, Anthropology, 2V8+
Karina Hoogstede, Politics, Psychology, 2V8+
Heidi Hunt, Politics, Environmental Studies, V8+
Emily Mitchell, Chemistry, German, LW8+, LW4+
Sarah Schroeder, Psychology, V8+, V4+
Larissa Stiglich, History, German, V8+, V4+
Kelsey White, Anthropology, Spanish, V8+, V4+

The rowing team has had several successes this season. For their performances at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships, the Willamette women's team received the prestigious WIRA Women's Team Efficiency trophy.

The Efficiency trophy goes to the team with the greatest efficiency percentage earned. Efficiency percentage is the total number of actual points earned divided by the total possible points. This was the first time WU has ever received the Efficiency trophy.

The Willamette women's lightweight varsity eight+ has earned 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 WIRA Championships in the WVL8+, finishing behind only Stanford University, which is ranked #2 in the nation.

The WVL4+ took first place at the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference (NCRC) Championships and was fourth at the WIRA Championships this spring.

Willamette’s V8+ finished second at the WIRA Championships behind only Seattle Pacific University. The Bearcats are ranked 7th in the latest cMax poll and were 12th in the final CRCA/USRowing poll.

Hilary Andrus Anna Akins Kate Burns Karina Hoogstede

Heidi Hunt Emily Mitchell Sarah Schroeder

Larissa Stiglich Kelsey White