June 2, 2016
By Russell Dorn
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) recently announced several of its year-end awards, with the University of Notre Dame rowing team receiving heavy praise following another successful season both on the water and in the classroom.
Here’s a breakdown of the final awards:
After claiming all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors at the league’s championship regatta in mid-May, senior Joanna Mulvey and junior Hilary Shinnick received similar CRCA all-region accolades recently.
Mulvey claimed first team honors through the ACC and CRCA, while Shinnick tallied second team accolades from both organizations.
Nominated student-athletes are evaluated on the strength of their team’s regional finish, coach recommendations and 2,000-meter erg score. Nominees must be eligible student-athletes who have competed in their teams’ varsity boat in 75 percent of races this season.
The Irish found themselves ranked No. 18 in the final USRowing/CRCA Collegiate Rowing poll of the season.
Notre Dame stayed in the poll for the entire year, starting at No. 17 in the preseason poll March 9 and hit a high of No. 15 on May 4 and May 11 before finishing No. 18.
Nine Irish student-athletes tallied CRCA National Scholar-Athlete accolades. These honorees include Sarah Kappers, Reilly Kearney, Katherine Lumetta, Alexis Olson, Treasa O’Tighearnaigh, Kathleen Skorcz, Meredith Swartz, Alex Techar and Catherine Wagner.
To be eligible the student-athlete must meet all eligibility rules as defined by her institution, be a sophomore, junior or senior, rowed in her institution’s NCAA or IRA eligible boat(s) for a minimum of 75% of the current spring races or racing in a regional conference event and posted a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher for her career (through the fall semester/quarter for the current competition year).
For more information on the Notre Dame rowing program, follow the Irish on Facebook (/NDWomensRowing) and Twitter (@NDRowing).
Russell Dorn, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2011 and coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame volleyball, rowing and baseball programs. A native of Greenwood, South Carolina, Dorn graduated from Furman University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in history before earning his master’s degree in sports communications from Georgia State University in 2011.