Duo of OSU Rowers Earn Scholar Athlete Honors

May 31, 2005

Stephanie Parker and Kristen Tomlinson were honored recently when the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) announced its 2005 National Scholar Athletes.

The award recognizes student-athletes with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher that competed in at least 75 percent of her team's 2005 spring races. Also, the student-athletes selected were upperclassmen (2nd, 3rd, or 4th year) in terms of eligibility.

Juniors Parker (Sidney, British Columbia) and Tomlinson (Victoria, British Columbia), who have rowed together since their high school days for Vic City Rowing Club at Victoria, B.C., were fixtures at both ends of the varsity eight for the Beavers with Parker riding as the coxswain and Tomlinson rowing the bow seat. Parker is studying Exercise and Sport Science, while Tomlinson majors in Health Promotion and Education.

'It is great to see these two getting recognition academically,' said OSU head coach Charlie Owen. 'We have a very demanding schedule and a lot of the women on this team achieve in the classroom. But its great to see our varsity eight get that recognition.'

A total of 142 student-athletes from 49 schools were honored for their efforts during the 2005 season. The total number of recipients improved from the 2004 season, when 124 student-athletes were honored.

The West Region produced 25 selections, while the Central Regional produced the most honorees with 36 amongst 11 different schools. Wisconsin led all schools with seven National Scholar Athletes.

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