Ten Rowers Named CRCA National Scholar-Athletes

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State women’s rowing team saw 10 student-athletes named Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Scholar-Athletes, the organization announced on Thursday. 

K-State’s 10 student-athletes marks the seventh-straight year that the Wildcats have had at least nine rowers earn the accolade. 

The student-athletes named to the award are: Samantha Bendrick (Elementary Education), Marissa Butrum (Secondary Education), Courtney Cooke (Accounting), Kelsey Eagleman (Dietetics, Nutrition and Health), Mary Rose Eakes (Industrial Engineering), Courtney Faucett (Industrial Engineering), Madi Haney (Nutrition and Kinesiology), Jessica Kuhlman (Kinesiology, Gerontology), Regan Simpson (Psychology) and Ariana Thompson (Biology). 

For Eakes, Haney, Kuhlman and Thompson, this is the third-straight year they have earned the honor, while Cooke is winning the award for the second-straight year. Bendrick, Butrum, Eagelman, Faucett and Simpson are all first-time recipients. 

In order to be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must have met all eligibility rules in place at their institution, be at least a sophomore, competed in a minimum of 75 percent of the team’s competition and must have a head coach in good standing with the CRCA. The student-athlete must also have maintained a 3.5 cumulative GPA throughout the course of her career. 

K-State’s last race came on May 14-15 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, when the Wildcats finished in fourth place at the Big 12 Championships. 

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