June 9, 2010
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama Rowing team led the nation in Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar Athlete awards in 2010, with a program-high 11 Crimson Tide rowers earning the honor, tying UA with Brown University for the national lead as announced this week.
"One thing that we have laid as a foundation for this program is to be the absolute best in all areas, athletically and academically," UA head coach Larry Davis said. "To lead the nation in this award speaks volumes about the commitment placed on academics at the University of Alabama. It also shows that as we improve on the water, our dedication to academics hasn't wavered in the slightest."
Seniors Sara Leibold, Stacey Ogle, Bailey Sanders, and Katherine Spohr, juniors Jessica Allaway, Helen Barnes, Chelsea Collins, Lauren Hovey, and Alissa Kranz along with sophomores Valerie Vargas and Stephanie Varner all earned the honor, which requires a rower hold a 3.5 grade point average for her career, be at least a sophomore in eligibility, and have competed in 75-percent of the team's spring races.
In Alabama's four-year history as an NCAA Division I program, 20 Tide rowers have earned a total of 36 CRCA Scholar Athlete honors. Ogle, Sanders and Spohr all earned the honor for the third year in a row while Leibold, Barnes, Collins and Hovey all earned the award for the second time.
Leading the way in CRCA Scholar Athlete awards is just the latest accolade for the Tide. The 2009-10 rowing team led all UA teams in the area of community service again this year as well as posting several top finishes throughout the season, including a gold medal for the Varsity 4+ at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships.