Shay and Nuckols Earn Academic Honors for Lightweights

PHILADELPHIA - Following one of the best seasons in recent history, Paul Shay and Hurst Nuckols of the University of Pennsylvania men's lightweight rowing team each recieved academic honors for their combined success on the water and in the classroom.

Shay has maintained a 4.0 grade-point-average throughout his three-year career and was recently named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area team. Nuckols, who is double major as part of the Management and Technology (M&T) program, was selected to the Academic All-Ivy team.

"It's great to see our athletes do so well in the classroom," said head coach Nick Baker. "The amount of time put into being a collegiate athelete is so extensive. Both Paul and Hurst are good examples of keeping a such strong focus on being a student and managing the distractions inherint with college life."

Shay, a pre-med major who served as team commodore in 2009-10, was a member of the varsity boat throughout much of the spring season. Penn ranked as high as seventh in the nation and posted wins over Delaware, Marietta, M.I.T., and Saint Joseph's.

"Paul does a phenomenal job as both an athelte and a student," said Baker, who enters his second year at the helm of the Quakers in 2010-11. "He always leads by example and you dont need to go further than Paul to see that you can be successful as an athlete and as a student."

In just his second year at Penn, Nuckols was a part of the varsity boat throughout the season and helped lead Penn to its best finish at EARC Sprints in half a decade. He also rowed in the Quakers' first appearance at the IRA Regatta in three years as the Red and Blue finished seventh nationally.

"As a sophomore, Hurst was in the six seat for one of our program's best performances at Sprints, which is impressive in itself. But for him to be as competitive in the classroom while in the M&T program, which is so demanding, is just incredible."

Shay will be entering his senior season when the 2010-11 season gets underway in the fall, while Nuckols will be entering his junior year.