Two Lightweights Earn IRA All-Academic Honors

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PHILADELPHIA - Sophomores Landis Walsh and Casey Howshall each earned all-academic honors from the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) on Thursday.

Walsh and Howshall were both members of the varsity crew for the majority of the 2015 season. The lightweights recently posted their best finish at the IRA National Championships in a decade and reached the Grand Final for just the second time since 1997 en route to a sixth-place showing. Also in head coach Colin Farrell's first season as head coach, the lightweights claimed the Callow Cup from Navy for just the second time in the last 15 years, and advanced to the IRA regatta for the second time in three seasons -- the program's best stretch since a three-year run from 2005-07.Howshall and Walsh were also part ofthe freshman boat that won Gold at the 2014 Eastern Sprints.

In addition to this honor,Walsh was named Academic All-Ivy this summer, while teammate Parker Lange was named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area team.

A total of 295 student-athletes from 30 institutions were honored by the IRA.For a student-athlete to be eligible, he or she must be at least a sophomore in standing and completed one full year at his or her respective institution; maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.35 or higher; earn an institutional letter; and compete at the 2015 Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta.