June 14, 2011
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Washington rowing program has done plenty to prove themselves on the water this season. But the Huskies have also shown they're successful in the classroom as well.
Twenty-seven Husky oarsmen and oarswomen were named to the Pac-10 All-Academic team, giving Washington a substantial level of representation among the programs in the conference. The UW men's program, the 2011 National Champions, had 16 student-athletes named to the list, nine on the first team. The 16 selections was the second most of any team in the conference behind Stanford. Five of those Husky selections carried a GPA above 3.5, including a team-high 3.82 by junior coxswain Samuel Ojserkis.
The other Huskies oarsmen included where Bede Clark (3.44 / Accounting), Michelle Darby (3.39 / Electrical Engineering), Jeffrey Gibbs (3.76 / Biochemistry), Seamus Labrum (3.62 / Political Science), Tom Lehmann (3.59 / Mathematics), Robert Munn (3.46 / Political Science), Ty Otto (3.63 / Physics), Jay Thompson (3.43 / Biology), Hannes Heppner (3.07 / Arts & Sciences), Anthony Jacob (3.15 / Anthropology), Mathis Jessen (3.24 / Geography), Dusan Milovanovic (3.33 / Arts & Sciences), Ambrose Puttmann (3.35 / Biology), Ryan Schroeder (3.11 / Pre-Engineering), Matt Zapel (3.20 / Biology).
Veronica Tamsitt led the way on the women's team with a 3.7 GPA in oceanography & mathematics, meriting a first-team nomination. The junior from Bungendore, Australia rowed with the second varsity eight at the recent NCAA Championships in Lake Natoma, Calif., helping her team capture a win in the petite final. The other Husky oarswoman to receive a first-team nod was Carlie Elledge, a sophomore from Lake Stevens, Wash., who is majoring in history. Elledge rowed all season in UW's varsity four, which reached the grand final of the NCAA Championships.
In addition, the Pac-10 tapped Skye Pearman-Gillman (3.25 / Marine Biology), Ariana Tanimoto (3.39 / Pre-Arts), Sarah Velling (3.34 / Communications) to the all-academic second team. The honorable mention selections include Kelsey Jackson, Victoria Nenchev, Ailish O'Sullivan, Kerry Simmonds, Marie Strohmayer, Hanne Trafnik and Haley Yaeger.
To be eligible for selection, a student-athlete needed to demonstrate a minimum 3.0 GPA and be a prominent member of the crew program (rowing in the varsity eight, second varsity eight or varsity four).