Trojan Rowers Receive CRCA Regional and Scholar-Athlete Awards

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    2016 CRCA All-Region Teams | 2016 CRCA National Scholar-Athlete Awards

    May 29, 2016

    GOLD RIVER, Calif. -- The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) announce its 2016 NCAA Division I All-Region award-winners and National Scholar-Athlete selections on Thursday, May 26. USC senior Krisztina Gyimes and freshman Athina Angelopoulou were named to the CRCA Region 5 First Team and senior Madara Strautmane was chosen to the second team. Senior Sara Bilimoria, junior coxswain Kaelyn Ibold, and sophomore Ida Gørtz Jacobsen were each selected for CRCA National Scholar-Athlete recognition.

    The three regional awards push USC's all-time total to 51 with 29 first-team choices, 21 second-team winners, and one third-team selection. Gyimes earned her third first-team selection and is only the second Trojan woman to accomplish the feat as she joins Liene Bertasjus (2008-10). Strautmane receives her second regional award after a first-team appearance in 2015. Angelopoulou is a first-time all-region selection.

    The Trojans have had 30 all-time scholar-athlete selections. Bilimoria received her third-career award and becomes the fourth USC rower to collect three such honors. She joins Melanie Grindle (2011-13), Vineta Moca (2012-14), and Elizabeth Turner (2013-15). It is the fourth straight year in which USC had a three-time winner chosen to the National Scholar-Athlete list. Ibold wins her second recognition while Jacobsen receives her first.

    The regional 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 student-athletes are eligible for All-America awards selection following the NCAA Championships.

    To be nominated for scholar-athlete recognition, the student-athlete must meet all eligibility rules as defined by her institution; be in her second, third, or fourth year of eligibility; and rowed in her institution's NCAA eligible boats for a minimum of 75 percent of the current spring races. All selected student-athletes have a 3.50 cumulative grade-point average or higher for her career (through the fall semester or quarter for the current competition year).

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