SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State senior Karoline Sly, junior Jessica Smith, and sophomores Michelle Evers, Kim Gross, Carly Hartman and Alexandra Santella were each recipients of the National Scholar-Athlete Award, it was announced by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA).
The award recognizes rowing student-athletes with a 3.5 or higher cumulative grade point average, are at least a sophomore athletically, and have competed in 75 percent of the team's races.
The six honorees are the most in school history, surpassing the previous high water mark of five, set during the 2001 season.
Sly, who earned the award for the second straight year, became the 12th Hornet rower to receive the award multiple times. The Vacaville native rowed with the varsity eight in every race she competed, sitting at both the four seat and bow throughout the year. After competing with the novice eight as a sophomore, Sly rowed with the Hornets' top boat each of the last two years.
Smith competed with both the varsity eight and second varsity eight during the season, rowing in the four seat with the team's top boat, and both the five and six seats with the second varsity eight. In her third season with the program, the Bakersfield native has competed with the Hornets' top two boats over the last two years after rowing with the novice eight in 2011.
Evers rowed with the varsity eight in every spring race, competing at stroke on five occasions, the seven seat on four occasions, and the five seat twice. The Cave Creek, Ariz., native has missed just one race with the varsity eight during her first two years with the program. Last summer, she was one just 20 freshmen rowers from across the nation to be selected to the 2012 USRowing Women's Freshman Camp.
Gross also competed with the varsity eight in every spring race, sitting in the six seat five times, the five seat on four occasions, and the seven seat on two occasions. In her second season with the Hornets, the San Diego native competed with the novice eight as a freshman in 2012 before making the jump to the varsity eight this spring.
Hartman competed with the second varsity eight in each spring race. The Parker, Colo., native rowed in the two, four, five, six and seven seats with the JV8 and helped the boat to an 8-5 dual-meet record. In her second year with the Hornets, Hartman rowed with the novice eight in 2012 before making the jump to the second varsity eight this spring.
Santella rowed in the seven seat with the second varsity eight during the first two regattas of the spring before making the jump to the varsity eight where she sat in both the four and seven seats. In her second year with the program, the Stockton native competed with the second varsity eight as a freshman in 2012 before moving up to the team's top boat this year.
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