PHILADELPHIA – Five members of the Philadelphia University women's rowing team were honored for their success in the classroom as they were named 2017 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Scholar-Athletes on Wednesday.
María Soledad González Romero (Malaga, Spain/La Asuncion) and Ahna Huss (Shenandoah, Pa./Shenandoah Valley) earned CRCA Scholar-Athlete recognition for the third time in their careers. Kaitlin Johnson (Wakefield, R.I./The Prout School) and Rachael Tobinus (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) were tabbed as scholar-athletes for the second straight season. Martina Saad (Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville) was recognized by the organization for the first time.
All five rowers have been time in the Rams' varsity eight and varsity four boats throughout the course of the 2017 season.
In order to be a CRCA Scholar-Athlete a student-athlete (1) has met all eligibility rules as defined by her institution, (2) was in her second, third or fourth year of eligibility, (3) rowed in her institution's NCAA or IRA eligible boat(s) for a minimum of 75 percent of the current spring races or racing in a regional conference event, and (4) the head coach of the student-athlete was a member in good standing of the CRCA as of May 1, 2017.
Student-athletes also must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher for her career, through the fall semester/quarter for the current competition year.