KINGSTON, R.I. – A program record eight women from Rhode Island's 2018 NCAA Championship qualifying team were named as 2018 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar Athlete Award recipients, the organization announced this week.
Seniors Kiana Anderson, Meghan Ellis, Lucy Moyes and Lauren Smith; juniors Mekenzie Mattheson, Karen Petrik and Allie Reilly; and sophomore Emily Winslow were among the 348 Division I rowers nationally to earn the distinction. They contributed significantly to an impressive overall team GPA of 3.414 for the Spring 2018 semester.
In order to qualify, the student-athletes must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or better through the fall semester/quarter of her current competition year. Each athlete also had to meet the following qualifications:
- The student-athlete has met all eligibility rules as defined by her institution
- The student-athlete was 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 head coach of the student-athletes' institution was a member in good standing of the CRCA as of May 1, 2017
Anderson and Ellis both earned the honor for the third consecutive season, while Moyes, Mattheson, Petrik and Reilly all did so for the second straight season.
All eight of the women were key to Rhode Island's Atlantic 10 Championship team this season. Anderson, Ellis, Mattheson, Moyes, Reilly and Winslow were all part of the Varsity 8+ boat, while Petrik and Smith were in the Second Varsity 8+ boat. Both boats won their respective flights to help the Rams win the sixth conference title in program history.