June 29, 2006
GREENSBORO, N.C. -
Seven-time defending league champion Virginia placed a league-high 16 student-athletes on the inaugural All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Rowing Team, as announced by Commissioner John D. Swofford on Thursday. All six conference schools that sponsor rowing are represented on the team.
To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during her academic career.
The Cavaliers swept all four events at the ACC Championship in April en route to their seventh consecutive ACC title. Second team Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All-American Melanie Kok (Catharines, Ontario) was one of the 16 Virginia student-athletes selected to the team. Also included on the team from Virginia were All-ACC performers Sara Lippa (Bala Cynwyd, Pa.) and Caitlin Mixter (Oakton, Va.) and CRCA National Scholar Athletes Chrissie Monaghan (Flanders, N.J.) and Michelle Ellison (Cincinnati, Ohio). Also representing Virginia were Allison Brennan (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia),
Kelsie Chaudoin (Germantown, Tenn.), Mary Eddy (Arlington, Va.), Yvonne Epp (Vineland Station, Ontario),Vanessa Furman (Haymarket, Va.), Diane Leigh (Maitland, Fla.), Libby McCann (Arlington, Mass.), Victoria Moore (Alexandria, Va.), Mieke Pitts (Charlottesville, Va.), Anna Samaha (Tampa, Fla.), and Bianca Spinosa (Charlottesville, Va.).
Clemson and Duke tied for second in the league with five selections each to the All-Academic Team, with All-ACC pick and CRCA National Scholar Athlete Jaclyn Rath leading the way for the Tigers and second team All-Region selection Sarah Shapiro heading up the list for the Blue Devils.
Boston College had four student-athletes selected to the squad, while Miami and North Carolina had two apiece. The Hurricanes' Rachel Clausig was also recently named to the ESPN The Magazine At-Large Academic All-America First Team.
All told, the inaugural All-ACC Academic Rowing Team includes one All-American, one Academic All-American, 13 CRCA National Scholar Athletes, eight All-ACC performers and five members of the ACC's Crew of the Year, Virginia's Second Varsity Eight.
2006 Academic All-ACC Rowing Honorees
Name School Year Major
Claire Arpin BC Jr. Economics
Emily Burk BC Jr. Political Science
Trisha Mack BC Jr. Political Science
Bridget Regan BC Jr. History
Brittney Gamble CU Jr. Political Science
Ford Heiner CU So. Marketing
Lizzy Jennings CU So. Political Science
Jaclyn Rath CU Sr. Psychology
Suzanne Van Fleet CU So. Early Childhood Education
Krista Harryman DU Jr. Religion
Mary Lilley DU Sr. Political Science
Samantha Prouty DU So. Economics
Sarah Shapiro DU Sr. Public Policy Studies
Katie Tobin DU Jr. Public Policy Studies
Rachel Clausig UM Sr. Marine Science & Biology
Laura Coltman UM Jr. Exceptional Student Education
Lisy McIntee NC So. Peace, War and Defense
Adriann Spinks NC Jr. Exercise and Sports Science
Allison Brennan VA So. Psychology
Kelsie Chaudoin VA So. Architecture
Mary Eddy VA So. Human Biology
Michelle Ellison VA So. Undeclared
Yvonne Epp VA Jr. Environmental Science
Vanessa Furman VA Fr. Undeclared
Melanie Kok VA Jr. Psychology
Diane Leigh VA So. Undeclared
Sara Lippa VA Jr. Cognitive Science
Libby McCann VA Jr. Art-Studio
Caitlin Mixter VA So. Religious Studies
Chrissie Monaghan VA Jr. History
Victoria Moore VA Jr. Biology
Mieke Pitts VA Jr. English
Anna Samaha VA Jr. Architecture
Bianca Spinosa VA So. Undeclared