PHILADELPHIA – The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) has announced its Scholar Athlete and All-Region teams for the 2015-16 women’s rowing season at the NCAA Division I level, and the University of Pennsylvania had five women honored.
In order to be named a CRCA Scholar Athlete, student-athletes must achieve the criteria described below:
*The student-athlete has met all eligibility rules as defined by her institution
*The student-athlete is in her second, third or fourth year of eligibility
*The student-athlete rowed in her institution's NCAA or IRA eligible boat(s) for a minimum of 75% of the current spring races or racing in a regional conference event.
*The student-athlete has had a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher for her career (through the fall semester/quarter for the current competition year)
To attain All-Region status, nominated student-athletes are evaluated on the strength of their team's regional finish, coaches’ recommendations, and their 2,000-meter erg score. Nominees must be eligible student-athletes who have competed in their team’s varsity boat in 75 percent of races this season.
Junior Natalie Reynolds and sophomore Regina Salmons were all-region honorees, as Reynolds earned her second-straight first-team recognition in Region 1 while Salmons was a second-team selection. This marks the first time since 2012 that Penn has had more than one all-region honoree.
Six Penn athletes were named CRCA Scholar Athletes. In addition to Reynolds -- who pulled off the All-Region/Scholar Athlete double for second year in a row -- Becky Baumher, Gen Bouchard, Jenna Hebert, Sarah Henry and Alex Takei received Scholar Athlete recognition. Hebert is now a three-time CRCA Scholar Athlete honoree, while Baumher and Bouchard join Reynolds in gaining Scholar Athlete recognition for a second time.
Under first-year head coach Wesley Ng, Penn enjoyed its best finish ever at the Ivy League Championships. The Varsity 8 finished fourth, and overall the team accumulated a best-ever 46 points to finish fifth in the standings. In addition, Penn brought home the Orange Challenge Cup and the Class of ’89 Plaque during the spring Cup season.