Four members of the William Smith College rowing team were named Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Scholar-Athletes for the 2014 season. Seniors Lauren Blake-Whitney and Katie Paige, junior Carissa Boire, and sophomore Susan Tuvell were recognized for their combination of academic and athletic excellence.
Blake-Whitney and Paige are four-year members of the Heron varsity eight. Both women are receiving their third consecutive CRCA National Scholar-Athlete award. On May 18, they received their bachelor’s degrees, Blake-Whitney in American studies and Paige in environmental studies and economics. They have both earned three Liberty League All-Academic awards and two ECAC NIRC Stewards All-Academic honors.
This season on the water, Blake-Whitney and Paige led the varsity eight to gold medal winning performances at the Liberty League and New York State championships. They are the only women in Liberty League history to win the 1V event four straight times. Blake-Whitney and Paige are also four-time members of the Liberty League Crew of the Year.
Ranked seventh in the nation, the William Smith 1V will compete in the 2014 NCAA Division III Rowing Championships May 30-31 in Indianapolis. The Herons earned an at-large eight bid. They have finished third in the NCAA varsity eight grand final in each of the past two seasons.
Boire and Tuvell have competed in the second varsity eight this spring. They captured gold medals at the Liberty League and the New York State championships. At the ECAC NIRC, the Heron 2V progressed to the grand final, finishing sixth.
A coxswain, Tuvell also raced with the varsity eight in the fall and early spring. She guided the 1V to a gold medal at the Head of the Genesee and bronze medals at the Head of the Charles and the Head of the Fish. Tuvell also helped the 1V finish ahead of defending national champion Williams during the spring season opener.
A biology major, Boire is a two-time CRCA National Scholar-Athlete. She has also earned two ECAC NIRC Stewards All-Academic and two Liberty League All-Academic honors.
Tuvell is majoring in mathematics. She also earned ECAC NIRC Stewards All-Academic and Liberty League All-Academic accolades this season.
Since 2002 when Lemore Amir ’02 became the Herons’ first CRCA National Scholar-Athlete, William Smith student-athletes have earned 42 Scholar-Athlete awards. To garner the distinction, 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.