Virginia's Sarah Borchelt Named ACC 2011 Rowing Scholar-Athlete
June 29, 2011
Greensboro, NC - Atlantic Coast Conference Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the Year Sarah Borchelt of Virginia leads the 2011 All-ACC Academic Rowing Team announced Wednesday by Commissioner John D. Swofford.
Borchelt, a junior from Boston, Mass., who is majoring in Nursing, is a two-time Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Scholar-Athlete and also a two-time member of the All-ACC Academic Rowing team, having previously been selected for the team in 2010. She is a member of Virginia's First Varsity Eight crew which finished seventh in this year's NCAA National Championships, winning the Petite Final and helping UVa to a No. 6 national team finish at the NCAA Championships, held last month in Sacramento, Calif. She becomes the second straight Cavalier to become the ACC's Scholar-Athlete of the Year, following in the footsteps of former UVa All-America Jennifer Cromwell, who captured the honor last year.
Boston College led all ACC schools with 11 selections, followed by Duke (8), Clemson (6), Virginia (5), North Carolina (3) and Miami (2).
In all, one All-America, nine members of the All-ACC Rowing team, 16 CRCA Scholar-Athletes and seven CRCA All-Region honorees are featured on the 2011 All-ACC Academic Rowing Team. The 35 rowers were selected from a pool of 122 nominees from the ACC's six schools who sponsor rowing--Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Miami, North Carolina and Virginia--an impressive average of almost 21 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.
Duke's Alex Japhet (Everett, Wash.), who appears on the All-ACC Academic Team for the third time in her career, earned 2nd-team CRCA All-America honors for the second straight year. She was joined as a CRCA All-Region honoree by Martha Kuzzy (Minneapolis, Minn.) of Virginia on the first team, and by Boston College's Erin Roche (Niskayuna, N.Y.), Clemson's Heather Cummings (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Becca Brown (Greenville, S.C.), Duke's Emily Theys (Stoughton, Wis.) and Virginia's Claudia Blandford (Winnipeg, Canada) on the All-Region second team.
The nine members of the All-ACC Rowing squad selected to the All-ACC Academic team were Alycia Da'Loia-Moore (Bronx, N.Y.) of Boston College; Laura Basadonna (Torino, Italy) of Clemson; Japhet and Theys of Duke; Sarah Medland (Melbourne, Australia) and Katalin Horvath (Gyor, Hungary) of Miami; Brittany Walsh (Hampstead, N.C.) of North Carolina; as well as Kuzzy and Blandford of Virginia.
BC's Da'Loia-Moore was also named the 2011 ACC Freshman of the Year. A total of 13 rowers repeated from last year's All-ACC Academic team, including Duke's Japhet, Miami's Medland and Clemson's Grace Wolff (Chanhassen, Minn.), who were all three-time All-ACC Academic selections. Other repeat honorees include Borchelt of Virginia; Emily Charnowski (St. Louis, Mo.), Erin Flaherty (Hollis, N.H.) and Brigid Morrissey of Boston College (McLean, Va.); Brown and Katie Mosier (Piscataway, N.J.) of Clemson; Rory Erickson-Kulas (Naugatuck, Conn.), Joline Dodens (Stuart, Fla.) and Tori Arendt (North Royalton, Ohio) of Duke; and Brittany Walsh of North Carolina (Hampstead, N.C.). Blandford of Virginia was also a two-time selection, having been tabbed for the 2009 All-ACC Academic squad.
The 16 CRCA scholar-athletes who were also selected for the All-ACC Academic team, included Charnowski, Flaherty, Morrissey, and Rachel Pettis (Acworth, Ga.) of Boston College; Brown, Wolff, Mosier and Taylor Hornacki (Tega Cay, S.C.) of Clemson; Erickson-Kulas, Theys, Arendt, Doedens, Justine Hong (Hillsborough, Calif.) and Katie Burke (Lutz, Fla.) of Duke; Medland of Miami and Borchelt of Virginia.