Ribbens and Stiglich are Chosen All-Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference

Ten Bearcats Earn NCRC All-Academic Honors

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University rowers Joel Ribbens (Sr., Kenai, AK/Nikiski HS) and Larissa Stiglich (Sr., Vancouver, WA/Columbia River HS/Univ. of Washington) have been chosen for All-Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference (All-NCRC) honors for the 2010-11 season. The Bearcats compete against six other colleges and universities in the NCRC in men's and women's rowing.

Recommended standards for the All-NCRC 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.

Ribbens was the 2-seat on Willamette's men's second varsity 4+ that took second at the NCRC Championships on April 23. He also was the bow for the Bearcats' men's varsity 8+, which finished third at the NCRC Championships.

Stiglich competed as the 2-seat for the WU women's second varsity 4+, helping the Bearcats earn second place at the NCRC Championships. Willamette trailed only Western Washington University in the race and finished in front of five boats, including strong crews from Seattle Pacific University and Humboldt State University.

In addition, a total of 10 members of the Willamette rowing teams received NCRC All-Academic recognition.

Members of the men's team earning All-Academic status were Wesley Dawn (Fr., Mountlake Terrace, WA/Mountlake Terrace HS) and Maxwell Mensinger (So., Pleasanton, CA/Foothill HS).

Women's team members who achieved All-Academic honors were Stiglich, Blair Davis (So., Portland, OR/Sunset HS), Kara Hafkey (Sr., Tempe, AZ/Glencoe HS), Sophie Hearn (Fr., Berkeley, CA/Albany HS), Karina Hoogstede (Jr., Poulsbo, WA/North Kitsap HS), Gwen Hryciw (So., Portland, OR/Sunset HS), Meredith Miller (Fr., Lake Oswego, OR/Seattle Pacific University) and Christina Thorburn (Sr., Boulder, CO/Niwot HS).

Willamette's next competition will be the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships at Lake Natoma near Sacramento, Calif., on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1. Races begin at approximately 8 a.m. (PDT) each day.

Senior rower Joel Ribbens has been named All-NCRC.

Junior rower Larissa Stiglich has been named All-NCRC.