11 Wildcats Tabbed CRCA Scholar-Athletes

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) announced the 2015 National Scholar-Athlete Award recipients this past week with 11 Wildcat rowers making the grade. The most student-athletes honored out of any of the five Big 12 rowing programs, this season's class also marks the sixth-straight year K-State has had nine or more rowers earn the accolade.

Nabbing Scholar-Athlete status for a third-straight year were Ally Franken (Civil Engineering), Brittany Long (Psychology), Meggie Murray (Dietetics) and Kara Omo (Kinesiology), while Mary Rose Eakes (Industrial Engineering), Madi Haney (Nutrition & Kinesiology), Jessica Kuhlman (Kinesiology) and Ariana Thompson (Biology) all earned the honor for a second-consecutive season.

Rounding out the group was Beth DeMars (Elementary Education) winning the award for a second time in her career, as well as first-time winners in Courtney Cooke (Accounting) and Natasha VanGundy (Animal Science).

To be named a CRCA National Scholar-Athlete, a student-athlete must hold a cumulative 3.5 grade point average or higher for her career through the fall semester of the current competition year. They must meet all eligibility requirements by their respective institution and be in at least their second year of eligibility. The student-athlete must have also participated in 75 percent of the team's spring races or in a regional conference event and the team's head coach must be a member of good standing with the CRCA.