June 6, 2012
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The honors keep rolling in for the Huskies. Just days after capturing the program's 15th national title at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships, the Washington men's crew program was commended by the Pac-12 Conference for their work in the classroom.
The Husky men had a total of 13 student-athletes selected to the Pac-12's All-Academic list. In order to be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average, be at least a sophomore and make regular contributions as a rower (varsity eight, second varsity eight or varsity four).
On the 13 selections, eight were first team. Six of those rowers had GPAs over 3.5, including five with cume averages over 3.70, including a team-high 3.81 by junior Beddome Allen, a biochemistry major.
The 13 selections were the second most of any team besides Stanford.
The other Husky oarsmen included Jeffrey Gibbs (3.77 / biochemistry), Joshua Klein (3.74 / business administration), Seamus Labrum (3.77 / communications), Dusan Milovanovic (3.49 / business administration), Robert Munn (3.53 / political science and history), Sam Ojserkis (3.80 / geography), Jay Thompson (3.44 / biology), Alex Bunkers (3.18 / communication), Mathis Jessen (3.33 / geography), Max Mannisto (3.08 / political science), Ambrose Puttmann (3.27 / biology) and Ryan Schroeder (3.14 / aeronautics). Each student-athlete listed participated in a winning boat at IRAs last weekend in Cherry Hill, N.J.
Veronica Tamsitt led the way on the women's team with a 3.77 GPA in oceanography and mathematics, meriting a first-team nod. The senior from Bungendore, Australia, recently wrapped up her career at the NCAA Championships, and will head to San Diego to study earn a masters degree at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. Tamsitt has made the first team all-academic list in each of three years she was eligible.
Eight other Huskies were also nominated with second-team selections. The list included: Maddie Cordner (3.35 / geography), Fiona Gammond (3.40 / geography), Lana Harshman (3.34 / biology), Skye Pearman-Gillman (3.39 / biology & marine biology), Marie Strohmayer (3.26 / psychology & anthropology), Ariana Tanimoto (3.44 / geography), Ruth Whyman (3.39 / extended pre-major) and Sarah Velling (3.46 / communication).