CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- Seven members of the Washington College women's rowing team, set to compete in the squad's third consecutive NCAA Division III Championship beginning tomorrow, were named National Scholar-Athletes today by the College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA).
To be named a National Scholar-Athlete, a student-athlete must be competing in at least her second year of eligibility, must have rowed in one of her team's NCAA Championship-eligible boats in at least 75% of spring races, and must have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 through the fall 2014 semester.
Leading the way among the Shorewomen's seven honorees were seniors Kelly Bird (Galloway, N.J./Absegami) and Taira Sullivan (Stevensville, Md./Kent Island) who were both named National Scholar-Athletes for the third time. Junior Maggie Perry (Fort Collins, Colo./Poudre) was a repeat honoree, while sophomores Jackie Creitz (Schnecksville, Pa./Parkland), Danielle Huston Hakey (Waldorf, Md./Calverton School), Madeleine Morrissette (Arlington, Mass./Arlington), and Annie Sniffen (Havertown, Pa./Lower Merion) were named National Scholar-Athletes for the first time.
Sullivan received Washington College's Doris T. Bell Award last month as the school's graduating senior female student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average. Morrissette was named the NCAA's Elite 89 Award winner for Division III Rowing earlier today as the competitor at the NCAA Division III Championships with the highest cumulative grade-point average.
Bird (stroke), Sullivan (six seat), Morrissette (four seat), and Creitz (three seat) are slated to compete in the Shorewomen's first varsity eight at the NCAA Championships. Perry (stroke), Huston Hakey (six seat), and Sniffen (three seat) are schedule to compete in the second varsity eight.