Complete list of CRCA Scholar Athletes
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State senior Abigail Morgan, juniors Sydney Miller and Estel Boix Noguer, as well as sophomores Kalei Asam, Shelby Kolbeck and Mikaela Smyth 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 an NCAA eligible boat in 75 percent of the team's spring races.
The accolades mark the seventh straight year, and eighth time in the last 10 years, that Sacramento State has seen at least four of its student-athletes receive the National Scholar-Athlete Award.
Boix Noguer and Morgan both received the accolade for the second straight year.
Kalei Asam (major: liberal studies)
Competed with the second varsity eight in all 11 spring races…sat in the six seat during the boat's first five races…moved to stroke at the Lake Natoma Invitational, and stroked the 2V8 during the boat's final six races of the year…stroked the boat to a silver at the WIRA Championship, and victories over Gonzaga and Miami at the Lake Natoma Invite…also sat at six with the 2V8 when the boat finished ahead of Tennessee and San Diego State at the San Diego Crew Classic.
Estel Boix Noguer (major: journalism)
Competed with the varsity eight in each of the boat's 11 spring races…has now competed with the Hornets' top boat in every race during her first two years in the program, a span of 23 straight races with the varsity eight…competed with this year's V8 in four different seats, including the three (six times), seven (three times), four (once) and five (once) seats…sat at three with the varsity eight wins over Tulsa and Miami at the Lake Natoma Invitational…sat at three during the varsity eight's 43-second win over UC Davis…graduated from Sacramento State with a journalism degree in May of 2019, and will now attend grad school while she competes in 2019-20.
Shelby Kolbeck (major: kinesiology)
One of five Hornets to compete with the second varsity eight in all 11 spring races…sat in both the four and six seats on four occasions, and three times in the two seat…sat at six when the second varsity eight beat Gonzaga and Miami at the Lake Natoma Invitational…sat at four when the boat took home a silver medal at the WIRA Championship…was also at four during wins over Tennessee and San Diego State at the San Diego Crew Classic.
Sydney Miller (major: communication studies)
One of five Hornets to compete with the second varsity eight in all 11 spring races…that included the boat's silver medal winning performance at the WIRA Championship…coxed the second varsity eight to wins over Gonzaga and Miami at the Lake Natoma Invitational…the boat also posted wins over San Diego State and Tennessee at the San Diego Crew Classic…coxed the second varsity four at the Sacramento State Invitational.
Abigail Morgan (major: communication studies)
Competed with both the second varsity eight and varsity four…with the second varsity eight, she rowed in the five seat three times, and once in the three seat…also competed in the three seat on six occasions with the varsity four…that included the varsity four's 57-second win over UC Davis in the season finale…graduated from Sacramento State in May of 2019 with a communication studies degree.
Mikaela Smyth (major: kinesiology)
Competed in all 11 races with the varsity eight…sat at four different seats with the team's top boat, including six times in the seven seat, three times in the three seat, and once each in both the five and six seats…sat at seven when the varsity eight knocked off both Tulsa and Miami at the Lake Natoma Invitational…sat in the five seat when the Hornets beat UC Davis by 43 seconds in the season finale…has now competed with the varsity eight in every race during her freshman and sophomore seasons, a span of 23 straight races with the Hornets' top boat.