A Dozen Cougar Rowers Garner Pacific-10 Academic Honors

June 6, 2007

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Washington State University women's rowing team placed 12 student-athletes on the Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic Teams, conference commissioner Tom Hansen announced. To be eligible for the honor, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

Seven Cougars were named to the first team. Seniors Becca Gibson (Vancouver, Wash., 3.77 GPA, communication major), Carey Homan (Deer Park, Wash., 3.81, accounting) and Catherine Watt (North Vancouver British Columbia, 3.53, zoology) earned first team honors for the third straight year.

Senior Michelle Morris (Folsom, Calif., 3.45, finance) was named first team for the second consecutive season after earning a second team accolade in 2005. Senior Lina Brazinskaite (Kaunas, Lithuania, 3.48, political science) picked up her initial first team award after being named second team each of the last two seasons.

Junior Tara McTavish (Mercer Island, Wash., 3.46, zoology) was a first team selection after being named second team in 2006. Junior Tiana Rodriguez (Richmond, Australia, 3.59, marketing) received her first Pac-10 academic honor with her first team selection.

A quartet of WSU rowers were named to the second team. Seniors Lexie Conley (Richland, Wash., 3.31, education), Sarah Lende (Haines, Alaska, 3.38, social sciences) and Sarah Waterfield (Kingston, Ontario, 3.22, biology) all picked up second team honors after being named honorable mention each of the last two seasons. Sophomore Carly Farris (Maple Valley, Wash., 3.44, undeclared) earned her first Pac-10 academic award with a second team selection.

Junior Kelly O'Brien (Granite Bay, Calif., 3.19, hotel business management) was named honorable mention for the second straight season.

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