June 1, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The Alabama rowing team had two student-athletes named to the 15-member 2012 Conference USA All-Academic Team, as voted on by the league's sports information directors for women's rowing.
Alabama senior Stephanie Varner was a unanimous selection for the second year in a row while junior Canella Tinker made her debut on the All-Academic squad this season.
This marks the third year in a row that the Crimson Tide has placed multiple athletes on the list. Alabama has had eight selections to the All-Academic squad, which ties them with Kansas and Oklahoma for the most honorees in the award's three-year history.
The all-academic team consists of student-athletes who have earned a 3.2 cumulative grade point average or better and are a key contributor to their team. This year's squad each compiled a GPA of 3.7 or better, averaging an impressive 3.88. All 15 student-athletes were also named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Varner carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average for her career and earned the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar Athlete award as well as a place on the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll in 2010 and 2011. She was named the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering's 2011 Fred R. Maxwell Outstanding Junior. She also earned the ECE Sophomore Meritorious Award as well as the ECE Senior Meritorious Award. On the water, she earned gold medals at the SIRA Championships as part of the Tide's First Varsity 4+ in 2011 and in the First Novice 8+ race in 2009.
Tinker medaled in the Club 8+ race at the Head of the Charles in the fall. In 2011, Tinker rowed as part of the First Novice 8+ through the spring semester and was part of the Novice 8+ boat that finished third in the petite finals of the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy race at the San Diego Classic.
The Tide's rowing program, along with fellow Southeastern Conference program Tennessee as well as Big 12 schools Texas, Kansas, Kansas State and Oklahoma, joined Conference USA as an affiliate member two seasons ago. The six affiliates join member schools SMU, Tulsa and Central Florida to compete under the Conference USA banner.