USC Rowers Receive Pac-12 All-Conference and Academic Awards

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    June 14, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO -- USC women's rowing senior Krisztina Gyimes and freshman Athina Angelopoulou were each named to the Pac-12 All-Conference team on Monday, June 13. The league also named its all-academic teams on Friday, June 10, with seniors Sara Bilimoria and Katherine Plaxe, and sophomore Ida Gørtz Jacobsen chosen for first-team honors and junior Kaelyn Ibold selected to the second team.

    Gyimes and Angelopoulou represent the 40 and 41st women's rowing all-conference certificates awarded to Women of Troy; the 25th and 26th under head coach Zenon Babraj. For Gyimes, it is her third-career all-conference selection. She was also chosen in 2013 and 2014, and becomes just the second Trojan to earn All-Pac-12 honors three times (Ivelina Boteva, 1998-99, 2002). Both Gyimes and Angelopoulou were named to the CRCA All-Region team last week. Gyimes is also now a three-time CRCA All-American.

    Bilimoria is the sixth USC woman to receive Pac-12 Rowing All-Academic first-team honors three times in her career. She joins Elizabeth Turner (2013-15); Vineta Moca (2012-14); Robin Hextrum (2007-09); Cassie Richardson (2007-09); and Melissa Zimel (2002-04) in the record books. Melanie Grindle (2011-13), Lenka Vrecknikova (2010-12), and Kinga Marciszewska (2005-07) were each three-time selections overall, but also had second-team honors. Bilimoria graduated in May with a degree in global health and had a 3.76 cumulative grade-point average.

    Jacobsen and Plaxe were each first-time all-academic selections. Jacobsen holds a 3.71 GPA in global studies and Plaxe graduated with a 3.56 GPA in communication. Ibold makes her second-career second-team appearance and currently holds a 3.53 GPA in cinematic arts critical studies. Bilimoria, Jacobsen, and Ibold were each also honored by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) as National Scholar-Athletes this season.

    To be eligible for selection to the Pac-12 all-academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and participate in at least half of their team's scheduled regular-season events. Since 1992, USC owns 52 first-team Pac-12 all-academic certificates with 27 second-team selections.

    The Women of Troy finished 14th at the 2016 NCAA championships and were making the program's 10th all-time appearance in the championship regatta; eighth consecutive. USC's varsity eight finished fourth in the petite final at the championships and took 10th place in the overall final standings.

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