Nine Lightweight Crew Members Named as CRCA National Scholar-Athletes

Nine Lightweight Crew Members Named as CRCA National Scholar-Athletes

Cambridge, Mass. (June 13) -- Nine members of the MIT women's lightweight crew team have been named as Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Scholar-Athletes.

To be eligible for this award, a student-athlete must be in at least their second year of eligibility, rowed in 75 percent of the current spring races and hold a cumulative GPA of a 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

This year's honorees are sophomore Brigid Bane (Walpole, Mass.), junior Kelly Barton (Philadelphia, Pa.), junior Sophie Blackburn (Wichita, Kan.), sophomore Eileen Hu (West Windsor, N.J.), senior Elizabeth Martin (Lexington, Mass.), senior Annika Rollock (Lafayette, N.J.), senior Sylvia Sarnik (Harvard, Mass.), senior Kate Scott (Barrington, Ill.) and junior Chloe Thacker (Sarasota, Fla.).

Bane and Hu are recognized for the first time, while Sarnik earns the honor for a third time. The other seven Engineers are being honored for the second time in their careers.

All nine of these student-athletes rowed at the IRA National Championship in New Jersey, including six members of the Varsity 8 boat that finished sixth overall in the Grand Final.

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