CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Eleven rowers, five members of the openweight team and six from the lightweight squad, have been named scholar athletes by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) for 2012. MIT's total of six honorees matches Harvard University for the most in the country among lightweight teams while Tech's 11 overall selections is the fifth-highest mark across all collegiate divisions.
To be named a scholar athlete, a student-athlete must be in at least her second year of eligibility, row in an NCAA or IRA eligible boat for 75% of the current spring season and maintain 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher.
The six rowers tabbed from the lightweight team included four seniors, Lauren Ayers (Portland, Maine), Nidhi Kulkarni (Franklin Park, N.J.), Lauren McGough (Quincy, Mass.) and Elizabeth Wei (Cincinnati, Ohio), along with junior Kathleen Inman (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Emily Chen (Nashua, N.H.).
Seniors Rebecca Heywood (Louisville, Colo.), Tess Saxton-Fox (Wayland, Mass.) and Allison Simi (West Windsor, N.J.) as well as sophomores Samantha Hartzell (Hudson, Wis.) and Erin Meyer (Austin, Texas) represented the openweight squad.
Wei, Heywood, Saxton-Fox and Simi are making their third-straight appearance on the CRCA scholar athlete list while Ayers and Inman are two-time honorees.