MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Eleven members of Wesleyan University women's crew were named National Scholar-Athletes by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) for the 2018 season.
In order to be named a national scholar-athlete, the student-athlete must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher for her career (through the 2017 fall season). They also must have met all eligibility rules as defined by their institution, be in sophomore, junior or senior academic standing, and have rowed in her institution's NCAA or IRA eligible boat(s) for a minimum of 75% of the current spring races.
Representing Wesleyan is Clara Babbott-Ward '20 (Music), Jemma Blazina '20 (Economics and Government), Rachael Crunkleton '20 (Psychology), Rachelle Flowers '19 (Neuroscience and Psychology), Nicole Gershberg '18 (Molecular Biology and Biochemistry), Eleanor Highleyman '19 (English), Sarah Osborn '19 (Science and Society), Emma Porrazzo '19 (College of East Asian Studies), Allison Quintana '19 (Astronomy and Physics), Sophia Shoulson '18 (College of Letters and German), Sonja Welch '20 (Chemistry and Economics).
All 11 Cardinals were honored by the National Invitational Rowing Championships (NIRC) as well, as they were named to the 2018 NIRC All-Academic Team earlier this month. Additionally, Shoulson was named the Elite 90 award winner at the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Rowing Championships, which is presented to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the national regatta.
In addition to their excellence in the classroom, the crew also excelled in the water as Wesleyan earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships and finished fifth overall in the country in the Varsity 8 and fourth in the Second Varsity 8.