Stiglich is Selected for First Team Capitol One Academic All-District Honors

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University junior rower Larissa Stiglich (Vancouver, WA/Columbia River HS/U. of Washington) has been chosen First Team Capitol One 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). Stiglich was one of just 11 student-athletes from a variety of sports who were named to the Academic All-District Team.

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.

Stiglich, who is completing a double major in German and History, achieved a 3.88 cumulative grade point average through the 2010 fall semester. She studied abroad in Germany in the fall of 2009. She speaks fluently in German and is conversant in Spanish.

"She is an incredible athlete who is very involved on campus and is a perfect example of balancing athletic ability and academics," Willamette rowing Head Coach Susan Parkman said regarding Stiglich.

Stiglich rowed as the stroke seat or the two-seat on the Willamette women's varsity 8+ throughout the 2010-11 season. She was a team captain and a leader for the Bearcats. She was named All-Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference (All-NCRC) for 2010-11.

In addition, Stiglich earned National Scholar-Athlete honors from the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) in 2009-10.

Stiglich has completed three seasons on the Willamette rowing team since transferring from the University of Washington, where she did not participate in rowing.

As a member of the Bearcat rowing squad, Stiglich competed on the women's varsity 8+ that represented Willamette at the 2009 NCAA Division III National Championships. Stiglich was the one-seat as Willamette took fifth place in the Petite Final to place 11th overall.

Larissa Stiglich rowed for the Bearcats on the women's varsity 8+ as the stroke seat and the two-seat this season.