Trojans Put Six On 2007 Pac-10 Women's Rowing All-Academic Team

June 7, 2007

Pacific-10 Conference Commissioner Tom Hansen announced the 2007 Pac-10 Men's and Women's Rowing All-Academic Team this week, including six selections for the Women of Troy. To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant substitute for their respective crew.

Sophomore Robin Hextrum (3.78 GPA, Neuroscience & Fine Arts), sophomore Julia McIlvaine (3.59, History), sophomore Cassie Richardson (3.94, Linguistics and Psychology & Broadcast Journalism), senior Jessica Smith (3.41, Sociology), and senior Kinga Marciszewska (3.71, Business Administration & Accounting) were selected to the first team while sophomore Claire Tenscher (3.53, Creative Writing) was selected to the second team. Redshirt junior Nichole Fischbach also received an honorable mention for the second season in a row.

Senior captain Jessica Smith said, 'We accomplished so much as a team on the water this year, but what people don't know is that these girls really have it together in the class room as well.'

Smith received an honorable mention in 2006 and is making her first appearance on the Pac-10 All-Academic Team roster. McIlvaine, Richardson and Tenscher are each first time honorees for the conference all-academic team as well. However, Marciszewska has been bestowed with her third consecutive selection to the team, initially receiving a second team selection in 2005 as a sophomore. Marciszewska also received first team honors as a junior in 2006, making her the second Trojan to receive Pac-10 All-Academic honors three times along with former coxswain Melissa Zimel (2002-2004).

This is only the second time that the Trojans have had six rowers on the Pac-10 Conference All-Academic Team. USC was also represented with six student-athletes in 2004, however the five first-teamers in 2007 is a first for the Trojans. The Women's Rowing team was also honored by their peers at a ceremony held earlier in the semester for having the highest overall team GPA amongst all of the team sports at USC.

Pac-10 Women's Rowing All-Academic Teams
First Team School Year GPA Major
Corianne Bowman Washington Sr. 3.73 Psychology
Lina Brazinskaite WSU Sr. 3.48 Political Science
Jen Brown Stanford Jr. 3.90 Human Biology
Steph Connolly Stanford Sr. 3.50 Human Biology
Rebecca Franceschi OSU Jr. 3.58 General Science
Rebecca Gibson WSU Sr. 3.77 Communications
Claire Hanway OSU Jr. 3.79 Human Development & Family Studies
Kirsten Hextrum California Sr. 3.55 History
Robin Hextrum USC So. 3.78 Neuroscience & Fine Arts
Lauren Hofmayer Stanford So. 3.57 Undeclared
Carey Homan WSU Sr. 3.81 Accounting
Elena Humphreys California So. 3.60 Undeclared
Jane Ivey OSU Jr. 3.89 Exercise & Sport Science
Elizabeth Lee UCLA Sr. 3.64 Biology
Kinga Marciszewska USC Sr. 3.71 Business Administration & Accounting
Julia Mcllvaine USC So. 3.59 History
Megan McQuown UCLA Sr. 3.54 Linguistics
Tara McTavish WSU Jr. 3.46 Zoology
Michelle Morris WSU Sr. 3.45 Finance
Erica O'Connell OSU Sr. 3.71 Animal Science
Melissa Penwell OSU So. 3.70 Ethnic Studies
Jessi Reel Stanford Jr. 3.59 Art
Erin Rice UCLA Sr. 3.42 Political Science
Cassie Richardson USC So. 3.94 Linguistics/Psych. & Broadcast Journalism
Tiana Rodriguez WSU Jr. 3.59 Marketing
Liz Simenstad Washington Sr. 3.37 European Studies
Jessica Smith USC Sr. 3.41 Sociology
Kaylie Towne OSU Jr. 3.69 General Studies
Leah Wachtel UCLA Sr. 3.54 Political Science
Catherine Watt WSU Sr. 3.53 Zoology
Jennifer Weber UCLA Jr. 3.76 Psychology
Leigh Whelpton California So. 3.56 Undeclared
Second Team School Year GPA Major
Mara Allen California Jr. 3.38 Economics
Lexie Conley WSU Sr. 3.31 Education
Krista Ellis California So. 3.26 Undeclared
Carly Farris WSU So. 3.44 Food Science & Human Nutrition
Kelly Foster Washington Jr. 3.27 Sociology
Kristine Gauthier Washington Jr. 3.21 Biology
Asiha Grigsby Washington Sr. 3.20 Spanish
Erin Haggerty UCLA Jr. 3.18 History
Katie Humm OSU So. 3.27 Biology
Gracy Huntley California So. 3.35 Undeclared
Ashley Jones Washington Jr. 3.22 Psychology
Louise Kinder California So. 3.52 English
Taryn Langlois Washington Jr. 3.25 Anthropology
Caroline Leibinger OSU Sr. 3.37 Business Administration
Sarah Lende WSU Sr. 3.38 Social Studies
Rebecca Meissner California Jr. 3.23 History of Art
Brittany Merchant UCLA Sr. 3.29 Comparative Literature
Katherine Milton California So. 3.25 Undeclared
Megan O'Connor California Sr. 3.29 Integrative Biology
Summer Ohlendorf California Jr. 3.25 Geophysics
Courtney Plitt Washington Sr. 3.18 Pre-Nursing
Onna Poeter California Jr. 3.38 Business Administration
Tiffany Pransky California So. 3.49 Undeclared
Kaitlin Seders California So. 3.33 Undeclared
Astrid Sky California So. 3.44 Economics
Andrea Smith Washington Sr. 3.18 Communications & Public Health
Jessica Smith California Jr. 3.26 Mass Communications
Megan Smith California Sr. 3.32 Psychology
Claire Tenscher USC So. 3.53 Creative Writing
Jamie Unwin Washington Jr. 3.29 Geography
Sarah Waterfield WSU Sr. 3.22 Biology
Carly York Stanford Sr. 3.18 Geological & Environmental Science
Pac-10 Women's Rowing Academic Honorable Mention
Kathy Altman, STAN; Kim Armstrong, WASH; Kerry Birk, STAN; Erika Blecha, CAL; Laura Browne, CAL; Nichole Fischbach, USC; Maida Habibovic, UCLA; Melissa Herman, CAL; Vanessa Jensen, UCLA; Britnie Jones, OSU; Sarah Joos, OSU; Kim Kennedy, WASH; Lauren Nowinski, CAL; Kelly O'Brien, WSU; Mariah Reddick, CAL; Candice Rediger, CAL; Lynette Thompson, UCLA
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