Six UCF Rowers Honored as CRCA Scholar-Athletes

May 27, 2011

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By Sarah Tarasewicz

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Six members of the UCF rowing team were honored as CRCA Scholar-Athletes for the 2011 season, as announced Thursday by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). UCF was one of only five Conference USA schools to have more than five members earn the distinction.

Chelsey Lauzon (Elementary Education), who was named to the All-C-USA Rowing Team and the C-USA All-Academic Team this season, continued to earn post-season accolades as she was one of the six Knights awarded, while fellow Knights Christina Bechtold (Environmental Studies), Shelby Flynn (Art Education), Margaret Lahmeyer (Elementary Education), Samantha Sarff (Sport Leadership) and Leah VanLear (Mechanical Engineering) were also honored by the CRCA.

To qualify for the honor, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in athletic standing, rowed in the institution's NCAA or IRA eligible boat(s) for a minimum of 75-percent of the current spring races or racing in a regional conference event and the student-athlete must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher.

In 2011, the Knights placed fourth in the first stand-alone C-USA Rowing Championship on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn.