A SCHOOL-RECORD EIGHT ROWERS RECEIVE CRCA SCHOLAR-ATHLETE HONORS

A SCHOOL-RECORD EIGHT ROWERS RECEIVE CRCA SCHOLAR-ATHLETE HONORS

CRCA Scholar-Athlete Awards list

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State seniors Melissa Kepler, Melissa Pollard, Paige Poulin and Anne Smolenski, juniors Elizabeth Ditoiu and Elena Galvez, as well as sophomores Cassidy Bouchard and Bailey Greenslit were each recipients of the National Scholar-Athlete Award, it was announced by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA).

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 an NCAA eligible boat in 75 percent of the team's spring races or conference event.

The accolades mark the fifth straight year, and sixth time in the last eight years, that Sacramento State has seen at least four of its student-athletes receive the National Scholar-Athlete Award. In fact, this year's eight honorees are the most in school history, surpassing the previous record of seven, set last season.

Ditoiu, Galvez, Kepler, Pollard, Poulin and Smolenski received the award a year ago, and each are now two-time recipients of the award.

CASSIDY BOUCHARD (major: Psychology)
Was the coxswain for the second varsity four, competing with the boat in all nine spring races…coxed the boat to a bronze medal at the WIRA Championship, and a second place finish at the Sacramento State Invitational…also coxed the boat at the American Athletic Conference Championship.

ELIZABETH DITOIU (major: Government)
Competed in every spring regatta…began the year by sitting at bow with the varsity eight in each of the boat's first three races…competed with the second varsity eight in the boat's final eight races of the season…the first five of those races came in the bow seat and the final three races came in the four seat…sat in the four seat with the second varsity eight at both the American Athletic Conference Championship and the WIRA Championship…sat at bow for the varsity eight's first place finish at the Sacramento State Invitational…recipient of the Scholar-Athlete Award for the second straight year.

ELENA GALVEZ (major: Kinesiology)
A first team all-American Athletic Conference selection after competing with varsity eight in every spring race…recipient of the Hornets' Most Outstanding Rower Award…one of four Hornets to compete with the team's top boat in all 11 spring races…primarily sat in the five seat (nine races) while also sitting in the three seat on two occasions…sat in the five seat for the varsity eight's bronze medal winning performance at the American Athletic Conference Championship…has never missed a race during her three-year career, racing with the second varsity eight as a freshman and sophomore before making the jump to the varsity eight this season…recipient of the Scholar-Athlete Award for the second straight year.

BAILEY GREENSLIT (major: Undeclared)
Competed with the varsity eight in nine races, and with the second varsity eight in two races…with the varsity eight, she stroked the boat to first place finishes at the Sacramento State Invitational and Hornet Invitational…sat in the two seat for the varsity eight's bronze medal winning performance at the American Athletic Conference Championship…sat at stroke five times, in the two seat on three occasions, and once in the six seat…sat once in both the two and six seats with the second varsity eight.

MELISSA KEPLER (major: Liberal Studies)
Competed with both the second varsity eight and varsity four boats…sat in either the five seat (five times) or three seat (three times) during the first eight spring races of the season with the second varsity eight…her last three races of the spring came in the three seat with the Hornets' varsity four…that included winning a gold medal with the varsity four at the WIRA Championship…also competed with the varsity four at the American Athletic Conference Championship…recipient of the Scholar-Athlete Award for the second straight year.

MELISSA POLLARD (major: Business)
A second team all-American Athletic Conference selection after sitting at coxswain with the varsity eight during the entire spring…one of four Hornets to compete with the team's top boat in all 11 spring races…coxed the varsity eight to a bronze medal at the American Athletic Conference Championship…also coxed the boat to first place finishes at the Sacramento State Invitational and Hornet Invitational…this marked the first season of her career with the varsity eight…recipient of the Scholar-Athlete Award for the second straight year.

PAIGE POULIN (major: Recreation Administration)
Was the coxswain for the Hornets' varsity four in all 11 spring races…was a second team all-WIRA selection after coxing the varsity four to a gold medal at the WIRA Championship…also coxed the boat to first place finishes at the Sacramento State Invitational and Hornet Invitational…was coxswain for the varsity four's appearance at the American Athletic Conference Championship…has been the coxswain of the varsity four in 32 career spring races dating back to her freshman season…recipient of the Scholar-Athlete Award for the second straight year.

ANNE SMOLENSKI (major: Speech Pathology and Audiology)
Competed with both the varsity eight and second varsity eight…began the year with the second varsity eight, but finished with the varsity eight…sat in the four seat during each of the varsity eight's final three races, including the boat's bronze medal winning performance at the American Athletic Conference Championship…sat in the four seat with the varsity eight on four occasions…also rowed in seven races with the second varsity eight, including six times at two, and once at four…has never missed a race during her career…recipient of the Scholar-Athlete Award for the second straight year.