Virginia's Sarah Cowburn Named 2013 ACC Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the Year

GREENSBORO, NC — The Atlantic Coast Conference Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Sarah Cowburn of Virginia, leads the 2013 All-ACC Academic Rowing Team announced Friday by Commissioner John D. Swofford.

Cowburn, a graduate student from Redditch, Worcestershire, England, who is majoring in Architectural History, is a two-time All-America who helped lead Virginia’s First Varsity Eight boat to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Rowing Championships which resulted in a fifth-place team finish for the Cavaliers. She compiled a 4.0 GPA for the spring semester and has a career GPA of 3.97.

A member of the All-ACC Rowing teams in 2012 and 2013, Cowburn was a first-team All-America selection in 2012 and helped lead the Cavaliers to the 2012 national championship as the First Varsity Eight Boat captured the national title in their event. She was also honored earlier this year as a Capital One First Team Academic All-American and by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) as one of its 2013 Scholar-Athletes.

Her honor marks the fourth straight year a Virginia rower has captured the Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the award. Former UVa All-America Jennifer Cromwell captured the honor in 2010 and Virginia’s Sarah Borchelt was named the ACC’s Scholar Athlete of the Year in both 2011 and 2012.

Clemson led all ACC schools with eight selections on the 2013 All-ACC Academic team, followed by Virginia and Duke with seven each. Boston College (6), Miami (5) and North Carolina (4) completed the selections.

In all, four All-Americas, 10 members of the All-ACC Rowing team, 21 CRCA Scholar-Athletes and nine CRCA All-Region honorees are featured on the 2013 All-ACC Academic Rowing Team. The 37 rowers were selected from a record pool of 150 nominees from the ACC’s six schools who sponsor rowing, an impressive average of 25 nominees per school.

To be nominated for the All-ACC 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.

Virginia’s Cowburn and Susanne Grainger (London, Ontario, Canada), Clemson’s Laura Basadonna (Torino, Italy) and Duke’s Emily Theys (Stoughton, Wis.) earned second-team CRCA All-America honors. They were joined on the CRCA All-region team by Boston College’s Ellen Burr (Cazenovia, N.Y.), Clemson’s Heather Cummings (Virginia Beach, Va.), Duke’s Grace Cassidy (New Fairfield, Conn.) and Miami’s Katalin Horvath (Gyor, Hungary) and Breanna Hayton (Victoria, British Columbia).

The 10 members of the All-ACC Rowing squad selected to the All-ACC Academic team were Burr of Boston College; Caroline Hackler (Dresden, Germany) and Giulia Longatti (Como, Italy) of Clemson; Theys and Laura Sciarrino (Buffalo, N.Y.) of Duke; Hayton and Horvath of Miami; Alex McClelland (Winter Park, Fla.) of North Carolina and Cowburn and Grainger of Virginia.

Nine of those honored earned their third straight All-ACC Academic Rowing team award in Lauren Beebe (Castle Rock, Col.) and Sarah Loiselle (Westmont, Ill.) of Boston College; Basadonna and Cummings of Clemson; Theys, Sarah Baker (Fairport, N.Y.) and Katie Burke (Lutz, Fla.) of Duke; Horvath of Miami and Claire Wardius of North Carolina (Pittsburgh, Pa.).

A total of 18 rowers repeated from last year’s All-ACC Academic team, including, Burr, Beebe and Loiselle of Boston College; Basadonna, Cummings, Longatti, Kate Biladeau (Lutz, Fla.), Katie Bruggeling (St. Catherine’s, Ontario, Canada) and Laura D’Urso (Dunross, Culdaff, Ireland) of Clemson; Theys, Baker and Burke of Duke; Hayton, Horvath and Hannah Hawks (Mooresville, N.C.) of Miami; Claire Wardius of North Carolina; and Cowburn and Chandler Lally (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) of Virginia.

The 21 CRCA scholar-athletes who were also selected for the All-ACC Academic team included Beebe, Burr, Loiselle, and Kaitlyn Votta (Wallingford, Pa.) of Boston College; Basadonna, D’Urso, Hackler, Longatti and Marie Arnold (Hanover, Germany) of Clemson; Baker, Burke and Theys of Duke; Hayton and Hawks of Miami; Wardius, Carie Mastrianni (Hillsborough, N.C.) and Maria Santoyo (Raleigh, N.C.) of North Carolina; and Cowburn, Molly Frear (Wilton, Conn.), Sarah McGovern (Bala Cynwyd, Pa.) and Catherine Multari (Halifax, N.S.) of Virginia.

2013 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Rowing Team
Name Class Degree School Hometown
Marie Arnold Junior Geology Clemson Hanover, Germany
Sarah Baker Senior Cultural Anthropology Duke Fairport, N.Y.
Laura Basadonna Junior Management Clemson Torino, Italy
Lauren Beebe Senior Political Science Boston College Castle Rock, Col.
Kate Biladeau Senior Marketing Clemson Lutz, Fla.
Katie Bruggeling Senior Sociology Clemson St.Catharine’s, Ont., Can.
Katie Burke Senior Psychology Duke Lutz, Fla.
Ellen Burr Sophomore International Studies Boston College Cazenovia, N.Y.
Katie Casebeer Sophomore Applied Psychology & HD Boston College Philadelphia, Pa.
Grace Cassidy Junior Religion Duke New Fairfield, Conn.
Sarah Cowburn Graduate Architectural History Virginia Redditch, Worcestershire, England
Heather Cummings Senior Health Science Clemson Virginia Beach, Va.
Constanze Duell Junior Kinesiology Virginia Oberschleissheim, Ger.
Laura D’Urso Junior Parks, Rec. & Tourism Clemson Dunross, Culdaff, Ireland
Molly Frear Senior Italian Virginia Wilton, Conn.
Nicole Frederick Sophomore Biology Boston College Villanova, Pa.
Susanne Grainger Senior Art-Studio Art Virginia London, Ontario, Canada
Caroline Hackler Sophomore Economics Clemson Dresden, Germany
Hannah Hawks Sophomore Comm./Broadcast Jour. Miami Mooresville, N.C.
Breanna Hayton Junior Aerospace Engineering Miami Victoria, B.C., Canada
Katalin Horvath Senior Marine Science Miami Gyor, Hungary
Caroline Kiritsy Junior Mechanical Engineering Duke West Roxbury, Mass.
Chandler Lally Sophomore Arts & Sciences Virginia Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Giulia Longatti Sophomore Political Science Clemson Como, Italy
Sarah Loiselle Senior Political Science & Econ. Boston College Westmont, Ill.
Carie Mastrianni Senior Global Studies North Carolina Hillsborough, N.C.
Alex McClelland Senior Journalism North Carolina Winter Park, Fla.
Sarah McGovern Junior Psychology Virginia Bala Cynwyd, Pa.
Catherine Multari Junior Kinesiology Virginia Halifax, Nova Scotia, Can.
Maria Santoyo Junior Global Studies North Carolina Raleigh, N.C.
Laura Sciarrino Senior Civil Engineering Duke Buffalo, N.Y.
Katie Stanzilis Senior Math Miami Miami, Fla.
Emily Theys Senior Sociology Duke Stoughton, Wis.
Claire Vannelli Sophomore Biomedical Engineering Duke London, Ontario, Canada
Kaitlyn Votta Sophomore Biology Boston College Wallingford, Pa.
Claire Wardius Senior Biology North Carolina Pittsburgh, Pa.
Nichole Zayan Sophomore Biomedical Engineering Miami Northville, Mich.