Rice Garners All-Region Accolade

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State senior rower Bjai Rice was honored by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) with selection to the 2008 All-Region Second Team on Tuesday, May 27th. Rice becomes only the third Wildcat in school history to earn All-Region honors, joining Megan Hauver in 2006 and Grace Riekenberg in 2005.


“It’s nice to see Bjai acknowledged for her hard work and dedication over the past four years,” head coach Pat Sweeney said. “She has been a tremendous leader for our team. This recognizes her athletic abilities to go with all the academic awards she has received the past few years. Bjai has been an outstanding student-athlete.”


The native of Wichita, Kan., was recognized by the CRCA in 2007, being named a Scholar Athlete Award recipient. She also has earned Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll accolades for the last seven semesters with a 4.0 grade point average in five of her eight semesters at K-State. Rice plans to graduate in May 2009 with a degree in nutritional sciences and double minor in biology and French. She was recognized by the K-State Athletic Department earlier this May, as she was awarded the Counselor’s Award for displaying outstanding academic achievement throughout her career at K-State.


Along with classroom leadership, Rice has been a consistent asset for the Wildcat First Varsity Eight, which she has been a fixture on for the past three seasons. During the 2007-08 season, Rice led K-State to victory with the 1V8+ boat on three occasions including two over Kansas to pull in Sunflower Showdown and Kansas Cup victories.


The CRCA All-Region teams recognize the outstanding performances of rowers from each of the five Division I regions, organized into first- and second-team selections. The Central Region recognized student-athletes from Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Kansas State, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Notre Dame and Ohio State.