Women of Troy Receive CRCA All-Region and National Scholar Awards

    USC junior Madara Strautmane

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    May 29, 2015

    GOLD RIVER, Calif. - The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) announced its postseason All-Region Teams and National Scholar-Athlete awards on Thursday, May 28, and honored four Women of Troy. Junior port Madara Strautmane (Riga, Latvia/Murjanu Sports Gymnasium)
was named to the All-Region 5 first team and senior starboard Elizabeth Turner (Chute-a-Blondeau, Ontario/Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute) was named to the second team.

    Turner was also honored as one of three Trojans to receive CRCA National Scholar-Athlete recognition, and was joined by junior starboard Sara Bilimoria (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South HS) and sophomore coxswain Kaelyn Ibold (Jacksonville, Fla./Stanton College Prep).

    USC's two all-region selections push the program's total to 48 all-time with 41 under head coach Zenon Babraj. Turner, Bilimoria, and Ibold give the Trojans their 27th overall National Scholar-Athlete certificate; 26th under Babraj.

    Strautmane and Turner each receive their first-career all-region recognition. For Turner, it is her third time as a National Scholar-Athlete. Bilimoria receives her second of back-to-back scholar-athlete certificates, and Ibold is a first-time selection for National Scholar-Athlete honors.

    The Division I All-Region awards recognize the outstanding performances of rowers and coxswains from each of the five regions, organized into first- and second-team selections. Nominated student-athletes are evaluated on the strength of their team's regional finish, coaches' recommendations, and 2,000-meter erg score. Nominees must be eligible student-athletes who have competed in their teams' varsity boat in 75 percent of races this season. All-region athletes are eligible for All-America awards selection following the NCAA Rowing Championships.

    Requirements for CRCA National Scholar-Athlete selection are as follows: 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 boat(s) for a minimum of 75 percent of the current season. All National Scholar-Athletes had a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher for her career (through the fall semester/quarter for the current competition year).

    The 15th-ranked Trojans are in Gold River, Calif., to race in the program's seventh consecutive appearance in the NCAA Rowing Championships. The national regatta takes place on the waters of Lake Natoma May 29-31 (Friday-Sunday). For all of the latest news, results and a webcast of all races at the NCAA Championships, visit NCAA.com.

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