Nine WWU rowers are NCRC Academic all-stars


Western Washington University placed nine women's rowers on the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference academic all-star team, and the Vikings' Stephanie Bluhm was named all-conference.

A grade point average of 3.50 (4.0 scale) was required to receive league academic honors.

Selected for the third straight year were two members of WWU's varsity eight, Christine Henie and Claire Marine. Henie is an Art major with a 3.62 GPA, and Marine is a kinesiology major with a 3.69 GPA.

Three other repeaters for the Vikings were Sara Crowell, Maddy Hillier and Yvette Kelp. Crowell and Kelp are in the varsity four and Hillier in the varsity eight.

First-time WWU honorees were Marisa Carter, Catrina Cuadra, Megan Marler and Audra Massey.

Cuadra and Massey are in the varsity four, and Carter and Marler in the junior varsity eight.

Bluhm is the team captain and stroke of the varsity eight, which has won six of eight races this season.

The Vikings, ranked No. 1 nationally in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, took team honors at the NCRC Championships on Saturday for the eighth time in nine years. They won five races, including the varsity eight, junior varsity eight, second varsity four, lightweight four and novice four.

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