KINGSTON, R.I. – Seven members of the Rhode Island women's rowing team have been named as 2017 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar Athlete Award recipients, the organization announced.
Seniors Kiana Anderson and Danielle Wolf, juniors Meghan Ellis and Lucy Moyes, and sophomores Mekenzie Mattheson, Karen Petrik and Allie Reilly were all recognized with the CRCA Scholar Athlete Award. In order to qualify, the student-athletes must have a cumulative grade-point average through the fall semester/quarter of her current competition year.
All seven of the women were key to Rhode Island's second-place finish at the 2017 Atlantic 10 Championship. Anderson, Ellis, Petrik and Wolf were all members of the Varsity 8+ boat that placed second in its flight. Moyes, Mattheson and Reilly were part of the Second Varsity 8+ contingent that won its respective flight. The Rhode Island rowers were among the 500 Division I women nationally to earn the distinction. There were 715 rowers from Division I, II and III combined to be recognized.
Each athlete also had to meet the following qualifications:
- The student-athlete has met all eligibility rules as defined by her institution
- The student-athlete was in her second, third, or fourth year of eligibility
- The student-athlete 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
- The head coach of the student-athletes' institution was a member in good standing of the CRCA as of May 1, 2017