SARASOTA, Fla. - Wesleyan senior Sophia Shoulson (Waban, Mass.), a German studies major with a 4.0 GPA, was named the winner of the 2018 NCAA Division III Rowing Elite 90 Award.
Shoulson was named to the All-NESCAC First Team for the first time in her career earlier this month. She helped the Cardinals excel at the NIRC, earning two medals while narrowly missing out on a third. In the 2V8, Wesleyan finished third out of seven conference boats, as well as third overall in the 17-team field, with a time of 6:49.896. Additionally, in the 3V8, Wesleyan finished third out of six conference boats and third overall in the 11-team field with a time of 7:03.886.
In the V8, the Cardinals placed second in the NESCAC out of eight boats as they crossed the finish line in 6:30.885 ahead of Tufts (6:35.000) and Little Three rival Williams (6:35.171). Wesleyan's time was also good for fourth overall in the 21-boat field.
The Cardinals' performance at the NIRC helped earn them an at-large bid to the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Rowing Championships on May 25-26 in Sarasota, Fla.
The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's Championships.
Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling, and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.