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Herons Recognized for Academics

Twelve members of the William Smith College rowing team were recently named to the 2013 ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championships Stewards’ All-Academic Team. To be honored, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore academically and be a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35.

 The following Herons were recognized for their academic excellence:

  • Sophomore Emily Andersen, writing and rhetoric major
  • Junior Lauren Blake-Whitney, American studies major
  • Sophomore Carissa Boire, biology major
  • Junior Emily Davidowitz, economics, public policy studies, and education triple major
  • Senior Kim Goral, media and society major
  • Senior Sarah Gordon, English major
  • Junior Katie Paige, economics and environmental studies double major
  • Senior Leila Peraro, biochemistry major
  • Sophomore Amanda Reusch, undeclared
  • Senior Emily Shelden, Africana studies and political science double major
  • Sophomore Anola Stage, chemistry and English double major
  • Senior Jess Steketee, biology and environmental studies double major

The 12 student-athletes represented William Smith’s top three crews this season. At the ECAC NIRC, the Herons won a gold medal in the varsity eight, placed sixth in the grand final in the 2V and finish third in the petite final of the 3V. The Herons won their third consecutive Liberty League Championship, taking gold medals in the 1V and 2V. (The league doesn’t sponsor a 3V race.) At the New York State Championships, William Smith again took gold in the 1V, earned a bronze in the 2V and brought home silver in the 3V.

That success earned the Herons a fourth straight berth in the NCAA Championship. William Smith’s 1V finished third in the grand final while the 2V won the petite final, placing the Herons fourth in the overall team standings for the second straight year.

In addition to being a banner year on the water, William Smith also enjoyed a great deal of success in the classroom. Fourteen Herons earned Liberty League All-Academic honors and nine were named National Scholar-Athletes by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association.