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CHARLOTTESVILLE – Virginia rower Sarah Borchelt (Sterling, Mass.) has been named a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Scholar-Athlete for 2011, the organization announced Tuesday (May 24).

This is Borchelt’s second-consecutive season earning the honor. The requirements to be named a CRCA National Scholar-Athlete are as follows: the student-athlete has met all the eligibility rules as defined by her institution, is in her second, third or fourth year of eligibility, has rowed in her institution’s NCAA eligible boat for a minimum of 75 percent of the current spring races or in a regional conference event and has had a 3.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or higher for her career.

Borchelt, a junior nursing major, returned to the line-up after an injury for Virginia’s Second Varsity Eight’s second-place finish at No. 1 Princeton on April 30. On May 15, she rowed with the Varsity Eight that won the grand final in its fastest time of the season (6:26.00) at the Oak Ridge Invitational. Borchelt will be on the roster that competes at the 2011 NCAA Championships and is expected to row with the Varsity Eight.

Prior to the 2011 spring season, Borchelt was a named a tri-captain. She was a member of the ACC and South/Central Regional Champion Second Varsity Eight in 2010 that finished fourth at the NCAA Championships. In 2009, her freshman campaign, Borchelt rowed with the Novice Eight that won ACC and South/Central Regional titles.

Virginia, ranked No. 3 in the latest CRCA top 25 poll, begins competition at the 2011 NCAA Rowing Championships on Friday (May 27) on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif.

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