May 29, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Twenty-two members of the Washington rowing program were selected to Pac-10 All-Academic teams, including seven first team picks, as announced by Commissioner Tom Hansen Friday.
To be eligible for Pac-10 All-Academic team selection, a student-athlete must maintain a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA and be either a starter or have participated in 50 percent or more of the team's contests. In addition, the student-athlete must have completed at least one year at the institution.
On the men's side, Niles Garratt, Lowell Neal, Ty Otto and Simon Taylor were each selected to the first team. For the women, Adrienne Martelli, Rachel Powers and Isabelle Woodward each collected first team accolades.
Garratt, a sophomore from Lake Forest Park, Wash., raced with the varsity four "B" boat in the Opening Day races, helping Washington sweep the top three places. He also helped the Huskies sweep Washington State on the Snake River in early April. Garratt carries a 3.55 in economics and history.
Neal is a senior from Los Alamos, N.M. who boasts a 3.43 cumulative GPA in aeronautical engineering. Neal has raced in the stern pair of the men's second varsity eight all season, winning Pac-10 gold and defeating Wisconsin, California and Stanford in duals. He also helped the Huskies retain the Cascade Cup at the 23rd annual Windermere Cup regatta, defeating UCLA and the University of British Columbia.
Otto, a sophomore from Burke, Va., has spent most of the season in the five seat of the second varsity eight, helping the Huskies bring home Pac-10 gold. Otto also defeated crews from Wisconsin, California and Stanford in dual racing and helped Washington to the Cascade Cup in the 23rd annual Windermere Cup/Opening Day regatta. Otto carries a 3.58 in physics.
New Zealand native Taylor holds a 3.47 in communications. The junior has spent the season rowing on the starboard side of the varsity eight, helping Washington to a third-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships and an overall team finish of second. He also helped the Huskies to a dual meet sweep of then-top-ranked California at home on Montlake Cut on April 25.
Newly-minted All-Pac-10 and CRCA All-West Region member Martelli hails from University Park, Wash. and boasts a 3.49 in biology (physiology). Martelli has rowed in the varsity eight all season, helping Washington a fourth-place finish in the Pac-10 championship race and a third-place finish overall. Martelli also helped the Dawgs sweep Washington State, beating the Cougars' varsity eight for the first time in three years.
Powers, a senior from Honolulu, Hawai'i, carries a 3.74 GPA in linguistics. Powers has rowed in the defending national champion varsity four all season, helping the crew sweep Washington State and come in third at the Pac-10 Championships. She also stroked the second varsity eight to a win over California at home on April 25 on Montlake Cut.
Woodward, a third-team Academic All-America pick, boasts a 3.75 GPA in international business. She coxed the varsity eight through the regular season, helping the Huskies to wins over Washington State and in the Windermere Cup regatta. She also helped the Dawgs capture silver at the San Diego Crew Classic. Woodward moved to the second varsity eight for the Pac-10 Championships, where she helped guide the Huskies to a bronze medal.
The Washington women's rowing team continues its quest for national titles at the 2009 NCAA Rowing Championships Saturday morning at 9am Eastern, on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, NJ. The men's crew heads south to Rancho Cordova, Calif. next week for the IRA National Championship regatta June 4-6. For the complete schedule and results, log on to GoHuskies.com.
2009 Rowing Pac-10 All-Academic Team (UW Only)
Bede Clarke, 3.46, Pre-Business
Michelle Darby, 3.34, Pre-Engineering
Anthony Jacob, 3.17, Architecture
Katelin Snyder, 3.03, History
David VanBolt, 3.22, Materials Science and Engineering
Matt Zapel, 3.28, Undeclared
Kim Kennedy, 3.11, Public Health
Kayleigh Mack, 3.35, Sociology
Sarah Ryan, 3.26, Nursing
Erika Shaw, 3.12, Biochemistry
Hanne Trafnik, 3.24, Art (Industrial Design)
Heather Young, 3.18, Public Health