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Herons recognized as Scholar-Athletes

Five William Smith College student-athletes were named 2010 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar-Athletes. Junior Christine Babcock, senior Kirsten Cooper, senior Abbie DiPalma, junior Alaria Pizzo, and sophomore Maggie Smith were recognized for the outstanding efforts on the water and in the classroom.

A psychology major, Babcock won two Liberty League Boat of the Week awards as a member of the Herons’ second varsity eight. She also earned a gold medal in the 2V8 at the Liberty League Championships. Babcock also earned a spot on the Liberty League and ECAC all-academic teams this season.

Cooper graduated earlier this month with a bachelor’s degree in Asian languages and culture. She is a three-time CRCA Scholar-Athlete and a three-time Liberty League All-Academic team selection. Cooper won three Liberty League Boat of the Week awards as a member of the varsity four (once) and the varsity eight (twice) this season.

DiPalma graduated with a degree in mathematics. She is the coxswain for the varsity eight and was named a CRCA/Pocock second team All-American yesterday. Like Cooper, DiPalma is a three-time CRCA Scholar-Athlete and a three-time Liberty League All-Academic Team member. She also was a member of three Liberty League Boats of the Week and earned a bronze medal in the varsity eight at the New York State Championships.

An English major, Pizzo has been a member of four Liberty League Boats of the Week this season (V4, 2V8, V8 twice). The two-time Liberty League All-Academic selection earned a bronze medal in the varsity eight at the New York State Championships.

An architectural studies major, Smith spent the entire season in the varsity eight. She won two Liberty League Boat of the Week awards and a bronze medal at the New York State Championships. Smith earned a spot on the Liberty League and ECAC all-academic teams this season. She was also named All-ECAC for her performance at the National Invitational Rowing Championships.

Over the past eight seasons, the Herons have earned 17 CRCA Scholar-Athlete awards. To be named a CRCA Scholar-Athlete, student-athletes must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5, must have completed one academic year, and must compete in a varsity boat in at least 75 percent of the spring’s races.

William Smith will wrap up its spring season May 28-29 in the NCAA Division III Rowing Championship. The Herons will compete against 15 of the fastest crews in the nation at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center in Gold River, Calif.