June 8, 2010
SEATTLE - The Washington crew program had 24 student-athletes rewarded with Pac-10 All-Academic selections the conference announced this week.
In order to be eligible for the team, the rower must have maintained a 3.0 GPA and been significant contributor to the team.
The men's team at UW led the way with 16 selections, which was second among all Pac-10 schools. Among those picked for academic honors were Niles Garratt, Jeff Gibbs, Tom Lehmann, Rob Munn, Sam Ojserkis, Ty Otto, Simon Taylor, Bede Clarke, Kit Culbert, Laura Denman, Valaree Fowler, Mathis Jessen, Graham Oglend, Jay Thompson, Matt Zapel and Anthony Jacobs. Only Stanford had more All-Academic selections.
Munn (political science) and Ojserkis (geography), both sophomores, were tied for second in the conference in high GPA with a 3.88.
Throughout his tenure as men's crew coach, Michael Callahan has continued to challenge his rowers to make academic success a priority as student-athletes. "It goes back to our founding principles that we have (in Conibear Shellhouse), that everyone here is performing to their potential level," Callahan said. "It's become the ethos to what we do here."
The women's crew team had eight rowers selected, highlighted by Isabelle Woodward - a senior with a team-high 3.74 GPA in marketing. In addition, the Pac-10 tapped Adrienne Martelli, Kayleigh Mack, Veronica Tamsitt, Ariana Tanimoto, Kerry Simmonds and Hanne Trafnik for academic recognition. Martelli, who is majoring in physiology, was the other first-team selection for the Huskies. Both are on track to graduate, with Martelli preparing to travel to Princeton, N.J. to train with the U-23 elite camp.