June 12, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The 2009 Michigan State rowing program was well represented when the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) announced its yearly honors on Friday (June 12). Both Sarah Schmidt (Grosse Ile, Mich.) and Emily Regan (Williamsville, N.Y.) were honored as All-Americans; Schmidt was a first team honoree while Regan landed on the second team. Schmidt becomes the Spartans' eighth First Team All-American since 2001 and gives MSU first team honorees in each of the past two seasons.
Regan, who was also a CRCA first-team All-Central Region selection, becomes the program's sixth Second Team All-American and first since Joanna Brown took home the award last season.
Both Schmidt and Regan rowed as members of the Spartans' first varsity eight crew that claimed the Big Ten title, finished third at the South/Central Sprints and sixth overall at the NCAA National Regatta. Schmidt was also the Big Ten's Athlete of the Year and a First Team All-Big Ten selection. She was also honored as a CRCA Scholar Athlete this season.
Five additional Spartans - Shannon Dunn (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Lauren Gamble (Commerce Township, Mich.), Megan Kursik (Fenton, Mich.), Amanda Ruhno (Dewitt, Mich.) and Victoria Woodard (Howell, Mich.) - were honored as CRCA Scholar Athletes. The honor is given to student-athletes that have reached at least sophomore standing, rowed in the either of the three NCAA boats in at least 75-percent of the team's competitions and have maintained a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.50 or better.
The complete list of All-Americans and Scholar Athletes is available at http://www.collegerowcoach.org.