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June 3, 2015

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.–Eight members of the Virginia rowing program were recognized with Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) honors last week.

Seniors Hemingway Benton (Glencoe, Ill.) and Lizzy Youngling (Westport, Conn.), junior Sam Casto (Dallas, Pa.) and sophomore coxswain Colette Lucas-Conwell (Palo Alto, Calif.) were named to the CRCA All-Region 3 First Team, while sophomore Georgia Ratcliff (Falls Church, Va.) was recognized on the second team.

Youngling was named to the all-region first team for the second-consecutive season, while Benton was honored on the second team in 2014. All five were part of the Virginia Varsity Eight that finished third at the NCAA Championships last weekend in Gold River, Calif., and was named ACC Crew of the Year after winning the ACC title in May.

Junior Tessa Dikkers (Pelham, N.Y.) and sophomores Jo Gurman (Weston, Conn.) and Karen Schulte (Trout Run, Pa.) were named CRCA National Scholar-Athletes. Dikkers was a part of the V8 that placed third at NCAAs, while Gurman and Schulte were in the Second Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Four, respectively, that won ACC championships.

To be eligible for the CRCA National Scholar-Athlete honor, student-athletes were required to have a 3.5 cumulative GPA, be in their second, third or fourth year of eligibility and rowed in her institution’s NCAA or IRA eligible boat for a minimum of 75 percent of the current spring races or race in a conference regatta.

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