Rowing: Five Honored by CRCA

  • By Julie Brown
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  • May 25, 2011 11:27 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) has honored five West Virginia University student-athletes by naming four to the National Scholar-Athlete Award List, and one to the all-Mid Atlantic Region First Team.

Seniors Caitlin Murphy and Rachel Viglianco, and juniors Hilary Meale and Rachelle Purych have been named scholar athletes for the 2011 season. In order to be considered for the award, the student-athlete must meet all eligibility rules as defined by the university, be in their 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of eligibility, have rowed in NCAA or IRA eligible boats for a minimum of 75 percent of spring races, have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and have a head coach that is a member in good standing with the CRCA.

“The National Scholar-Athlete award sets a high standard not only academically, but athletically as well,” says coach Jimmy King. “The high level at which these athletes have performed both academically and athletically is phenomenal. I truly appreciate the year-round effort they have put forth and thank them for representing our program in such fine fashion.”

In addition, Shannon Gribbons has been named to the all-Mid Atlantic Region First Team. A junior and native of Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada, Gribbons is the first rower from WVU to earn the honor. In order to be eligible for nomination, the rower must meet all university eligibility rules, have rowed in at least 75 percent of spring races, be nominated by the university and have a head coach in good standing with the CRCA.

Athletes who have been named to all-Region Teams are eligible for All-America awards following the NCAA Rowing Championships which take place on May 27-29 on Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif.

“Shannon was voted our team’s MVP for the 2011 racing season,” says King. “She consistently pushes boundaries making those around her better and impacts the team’s mentality on and off the water as well as in and out of practice. As we work to elevate the rowing program at WVU, we’re fortunate to have a rower of Shannon’s character in our midst.”