May 25, 2005
Notre Dame, Ind. – Notre Dame seniors Katie Chenoweth (East Lansing, Mich.) and Maureen Gibbons (Langhorne, Pa.) were among 142 student-athletes named National Scholar Athletes by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). Chenoweth earns the honor for the third time in her career, while Gibbons becomes a first-time honoree.
The CRCA National Scholar Athlete award recognizes student-athletes with a 3.5 cumulative grade point average or higher and competed in 75 percent of her team’s competition as a member of the varsity eight boat during the 2005 spring season. Athletes from 49 different schools were honored for their efforts, including 36 selections from 11 schools coming from the Central Region.
Both Chenoweth and Gibbons, a coxswain, were three-time monogram winners and members of the Irish varsity eight boat that finished 11th in 2004 at the NCAA Championship after receiving an at-large berth in the school’s second-ever NCAA appearance.
During the 2004-05 school year, the duo helped lead Notre Dame to the BIG EAST Championship with a second-place finish in the varsity eight race. In addition, the Irish varsity eight crew finished third in the Petite Finals at the Central Region Springs and was seventh overall in the team competition. Notre Dame’s varsity eight crew also rowed to a second-place finish in the Petite Final of the Jessop-Whittier Cup at the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic.
As juniors, Chenoweth and Gibbons propelled Notre Dame to one of its best seasons in the program’s history as the Irish finished 16th in the US Rowing/CRCA final ranking and won the BIG EAST Rowing Challenge as the varsity eight boat earned a gold medal.
Chenoweth graduated in May from the College of Arts and Letters with a degree in anthropology and had a 3.731 grade point average. Gibbons earned her degree from the Mendoza College of Business with a finance and economics degree.