SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State seniors Emily Airoldi and Jessa Carlson, and junior Caitlin Brennan were each recipients of the National Scholar-Athlete Award, it was announced today by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). Airoldi and Carlson both received the award for the second consecutive year.
The award recognizes rowing student-athletes with a 3.5 or higher cumulative grade point average, are at least a sophomore athletically, and have competed in 75 percent of the team's spring races. Airoldi and Carlson become the ninth and 10th Hornet rowing student-athletes to receive the award multiple times.
All three rowers competed all season with the team's varsity eight and helped the Hornets' top boat to a bronze medal finish at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships.
In her third season with the Hornets after transferring from Cosumnes River College, Airoldi competed in the stroke seat with the team's varsity eight in all 12 spring races. A first team all-WIRA selection this season, she has rowed with the team's top boat in every spring race spanning the last two years (a run of 24 straight competitions). Over that two-year span, the Vacaville, Calif., native has collected WIRA gold and bronze medals, as well as a Dad Vail Regatta gold.
In her third year with Sacramento State after transferring from Syracuse, Carlson was the coxswain for the Hornets' varsity eight in every spring race. She was named first team all-WIRA after coxing the team's top boat to a bronze medal at the WIRA Championships earlier this month. A two-year coxswain of the Hornets' varsity eight, the Fair Oaks, Calif., native also was coxswain for the Philadelphia Vesper Boat Club at both the USRowing Club National Championships and the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta last summer.
Also in her third year with the Hornets, Brennan sat in either the four or six seat (primarily the four seat) with the team's varsity eight in every spring race. The San Jose, Calif., native also made appearances in the varsity eight last year and has now competed with the boat 18 times dating back to 2010. Last summer, Brennan competed for the Pennsylvania Athletic Club Rowing Association at both the USRowing Club National Championships and the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta.