Four Rowers Named Academic All-ACC
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Four Virginia student-athletes have been named to the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference All-ACC Rowing Team, as announced Friday by ACC Commissioner John D. Swofford.
Claudia Blandford (So., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada), Victoria Burke (Sr., Redding, Conn.), Summers Nelson (Jr., Kansas City, Mo.) and Nora Phillips (Sr., Arlington, Va.) each were named. All four are first-time honorees.
Blandford rowed with the Second Varsity Eight that qualified for the grand final at the NCAA Championships and finished sixth. As a member of that boat, she won the 2009 South/Central Regional Championship race and the 2009 ACC Championship race.
Burke and Phillips were both members of the Varsity Eight that finished as the silver medalist at the NCAA Championships and won the South/Central Regional Championship. They rowed with the Varsity Eight when it defeated Gonzaga, Northeastern, USC and Harvard in Boston, Mass., en route to ACC Crew of the Week honors.
Nelson, a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Scholar-Athlete in 2009, was a member of the Varsity Four that finished sixth in the nation at the NCAA Championships. Nelson rowed with the Varsity Four at the South/Central Regional Championships, finishing second in the grand final.
To be nominated for the ACC All-Academic team, student-athletes must have recorded a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average in the winter semester and have maintained a 3.0 career GPA at their respective schools. Once the qualification standard is met, selection to the team is then based on a combination of academic and athletic achievement.
The ACC Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the Year was Michelle Nance from Clemson.
2009 Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic Rowing Team
Name Class Degree School Hometown
Janet Bartholdson Jr. History Duke Malvern, Pa.
Megan Bendik Sr. Health Science Clemson Marietta, Gs.
Claudia Blandford So. Engineering Virginia Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Victoria Burke Sr. Art History Virginia Redding, Conn.
Alison Colberg Jr. Mathematics Clemson Six Mile, S.C.
Laura Cordner Sr. International Studies Miami Melbourne, Austria
Sara Couch Sr. Political Science Duke London, Ky.
Brittany Cummings Jr. Health Sciences Clemson Virginia Beach, Va.
Steffi Decker Jr. Political Science Duke Scarsdale, N.Y.
Callen Erdecky Jr. Accounting Clemson Bowie, Md.
Laura Harvey Sr. Elementary Education Boston College Wethersfield, Conn.
Allyson Hodgkins Sr. Neuroscience Miami Wakefield, Mass.
Elizabeth Keyser Jr. History Boston College Bala Cynwyd, Pa.
Lesley King Jr. Biological Anthropology Duke Newcastle, Wash.
Jessica Leidecker Sr. Animal & Vet Science Clemson Westerville, Ohio
Tracy Maciolek Sr. Secondary Education Boston College Howell, N.J.
Melanie McDaniel Sr. Special Education Clemson Austin, Texas
Sarah Medlund So. Elementary Education Miami Melbourne, Victoria
Kasey Munson Sr. International Studies North Carolina New Iberia, La.
Michelle Nance Jr. Language & Int. Trade Clemson Simpsonville, S.C.
Summers Nelson Jr. Commerce Virginia Kansas City, Mo.
Nora Phillips Jr. Environmental Science Virginia Arlington, Va.
Nicole Rau Sr. Biological Sciences Clemson Wyoming, Mich.
Meredith Razzolini Jr. Psychology Clemson Roswell, Ga.
Monika Sajincic So. Biochemistry Miami Piran, Slovenia
Heather Schofield Sr. Biology Boston College Concord, N.H.
Chandler Sours Sr. Biology/Psychology North Carolina Atlanta, Ga.
Rachel Sporko So. Exercise Physiology Miami Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Mairi Trimboli Jr. Economics Clemson Ludlow, Vt.
Katrina Weschler Sr. Cultural Anthropology Duke Wilmette, Ill.
Emily Wingrove Jr. Undeclared Miami Gloucester, Va.
Grace Wolff So. Communications Clemson Chanhassen, Minn.
Katherine Wood Sr. Business Administration North Carolina Cornelius, N.C.
Ruby Woodside Sr. Chemistry North Carolina Natick, Mass.