Virginia's Sarah Borchelt Named 2012 ACC Rowing Scholar-Athlete

July 2, 2012

Greensboro, NC ( - Atlantic Coast Conference Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the Year Sarah Borchelt of Virginia was honored as the top the ACC's top Rowing Scholar-Athlete for the second consecutive year and leads the 2012 All-ACC Academic Rowing Team announced Monday by Commissioner John D. Swofford.

Borchelt, a senior from Sterling, Mass., who is majoring in Nursing, was named the ACC Rowing Scholar-Athlete in 2011and repeated this year as she helped her Second Varsity Eight crew to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA National Championship. That finish allowed UVa to garner its second team NCAA Rowing Championship in three years last month at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. Borchelt is a three-time Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Scholar-Athlete and also becomes a three-time member of the All-ACC Academic Rowing team, having previously been selected for the team in 2010 and 2011. Her honor marks the third straight year a Virginia Rower has been named the ACC's Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Former UVa All-America Jennifer Cromwell captured the honor in 2010.

Clemson led all ACC schools with 10 selections, followed by Boston College (9), Duke (7), Virginia (5), Miami (3) and North Carolina (3).

In all, three All-Americas, 12 members of the All-ACC Rowing team, 18 CRCA Scholar-Athletes and nine CRCA All-Region honorees are featured on the 2012 All-ACC Academic Rowing Team. The 37 rowers were selected from a record pool of 138 nominees from the ACC's six schools who sponsor rowing, an impressive average of more than 23 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 Martha Kuzzy (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Sarah Cowburn (Redditch, Worcester, England) both earned first-team CRCA All-America honors after leading Virginia's First Varsity Eight boat to its first NCAA National title in the clinching race for UVA's second NCAA team championship. Clemson's Heather Cummings (Virginia Beach, Va.) also captured second-team All-America honors after leading the Tiger's 20th-ranked Rowing program. They were joined on the CRCA All-region team by Boston College's Erin Roche (Niskayuna, N.Y.), Duke's Emily Theys (Stoughton, Wis.) and four more rowers from Clemson in Kate Biladeau (Lutz, Fla.), Katie Bruggeling (St. Catharine's, Ontario, Canada), Clemson's Laura D'Urso (Dunross, Culdaff, Ireland) and Giulia Longatti (Como, Italy).

The 12 members of the All-ACC Rowing squad selected to the All-ACC Academic team were Erin Roche and Ellen Burr (Cazenovia, N.Y.) of Boston College; Becca Brown (Greenville, S.C.), Heather Cummings and Kate Biladeau of Clemson; Emily Theys and Kathy Smithwick (Louisville, Ky.) of Duke; Breanna Hayton (Victoria, B.C., Canada) and Katalin Horvath (Gyor, Hungary) of Miami; Blair Meiggs (Camden, N.C.) of North Carolina and Martha Kuzzy and Sarah Cowburn of Virginia.

Miami's Hannah Hawks (Mooresville, N.C.), who was named to the team, was also named the 2012 ACC Freshman of the Year.

Six of those honored earned their third straight All-ACC Academic Rowing team award in Emily Charnowski (St. Louis, Mo.) of Boston College; Becca Brown and Katie Mosier (Piscataway, N.J.) of Clemson; Tori Arendt (North Royalton, Ohio) and Rory Erickson-Kulas (Naugatuck, Conn.) of Duke; and Sarah Borchelt of Virginia. A total of 19 rowers repeated from last year's All-ACC Academic team, including Emily Charnowski, Erin Roche, Lauren Beebe (Castle Rock, Col.), Sarah Loiselle (Westmont, Ill.) and Rachel Pettis (Acworth, Ga.) of Boston College; Becca Brown, Heather Cummings, Katie Mosier, Laura Basadonna (Torino, Italy) and Taylor Hoynacki (Tega Cay, S.C.) of Clemson; Tori Arendt, Rory Erickson-Kulas, Emily Theys, Sarah Baker (Fairport, N.Y.) and Katie Burke (Lutz, Fla.) of Duke; Katalin Horvath of Miami; Claire Wardius (Pittsburgh, Pa.) of North Carolina; and Sarah Borchelt and Martha Kuzzy of Virginia.

The 18 CRCA scholar-athletes who were also selected for the All-ACC Academic team, included Beebe, Charnowski, Loiselle, Pettis, Alexis Carriere (Manchester, Conn.) and Stephanie Ragland (Reston, Va.) of Boston College; Basadonna, Brown, Hoynacki and Mosier of Clemson; Arendt, Baker, Burke, Erickson-Kulas and Theys of Duke; Hayton of Miami; Wardius of North Carolina; and Borchelt of Virginia.

2012 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Rowing Team
Name Class Degree School Hometown
Tori Arendt Senior Biology Duke North Royalton, Ohio
Sarah Baker Junior Cultural Anthropology Duke Fairport, N.Y.
Laura Basadonna Sophomore Pre-Business Clemson Torino, Italy
Lauren Beebe Senior Communications & Psy. Boston College Castle Rock, Col.
Kate Biladeau Senior Marketing Clemson Lutz, Fla.
Sarah Borchelt Senior Nursing Virginia Sterling, Mass.
Becca Brown Senior Bio-Engineering Clemson Greenville, S.C.
Katie Bruggeling Junior Sociology Clemson St.Catharine's, Ont., Can.
Katie Burke Junior Psychology Duke Lutz, Fla.
Ellen Burr Freshman Communication Boston College Cazenovia, N.Y.
Alexis Carriere Sophomore Nursing Boston College Manchester, Conn.
Emily Charnowski Senior Psychology & Theology Boston College St. Louis, Mo.
Rebekah Clogston Senior Food Science Clemson Snohomish, Wash.
Sarah Cowburn Graduate Architectural History Virginia Redditch, Worcester, Eng.
Heather Cummings Junior Health Science Clemson Virginia Beach, Va.
Laura D'Urso Freshman Parks, Rec. & Tourism Clemson Dunross, Culdaff, Ireland
Erica Jennings Junior Mgt. & Leardership Boston College Northport, N.Y.
Rory Erickson-Kulas Senior Public Policy Duke Naugatuck, Conn.
Hanna Hawks Freshman Comm./Broadcast Jour. Miami Mooresville, N.C.
Breanna Hayton Sophomore Aerospace Engineering Miami Victoria, B.C., Canada
Taylor Hoynacki Senior Communications Clemson Tega Cay, S.C.
Katalin Horvath Junior Marine Science Miami Gyor, Hungary
Elizabeth Howell Sophomore Neuroscience Duke Atlanta, Ga.
Martha Kuzzy Senior Art-Studio Art Virginia Minneapolis, Minn.
Chandler Lally Freshman Undeclared Virginia Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Giulia Longatti Freshman Political Science Clemson Como, Italy
Sarah Loiselle Junior Political Science & Econ. Boston College Westmont, Ill.
Blair Meiggs Senior Exercise & Sport Science North Carolina Camden, N.C.
Katie Mosier Senior Marketing Clemson Piscataway, N.J.
Rachel Pettis Senior Art History Boston College Acworth, Ga.
Stephanie Ragland Sophomore History Boston College Reston, Va.
Erin Roche Senior Psychology Boston College Niskayuna, N.Y.
Emma Shaw Senior Journalism/Mass Comm. North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C.
Kathy Smithwick Senior History Duke Louisville, Ky.
Hunter Terry Senior Foreign Affairs Virginia Greenwich, Conn.
Emily Theys Junior Sociology Duke Stoughton, Wis.
Claire Wardius Junior English North Carolina Pittsburgh, Pa.