Six members of the William Smith College rowing team were named Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar-Athletes for the 2014-15 season. Senior Emily Andersen, junior Alex Belden, senior Carissa Boire, sophomore Karoline Loretan, senior Anola Stage, and junior Susan Tuvell were recognized for their excellence in the classroom and on the water.
Since 2002 when Lemore Amir ’02 became the Herons’ first CRCA National Scholar-Athlete, William Smith student-athletes have earned 47 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.
Andersen, Belden, Loretan, Stage, and Tuvell competed in the varsity eight, winning a gold medal at the Liberty League Championships and helping the Herons capture their fifth consecutive and eighth overall conference title. Boire raced in the second varsity eight that also secured a gold medal at the Liberty League Championships, contributing to William Smith’s continued league dominance. She secured a bronze medal in the second varsity eight at the New York State Championships and returned to the top of the podium at the ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championships as a member of the victorious varsity four.
Andersen graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and writing and rhetoric. She was also named a CRCA Scholar-Athlete in 2013. In addition, Andersen is a three-time ECAC NIRC Stewards All-Academic and Liberty League All-Academic honoree.
Belden is majoring in psychology and anthropology. A two-time Liberty League All-Academic pick, she also earned a spot on the 2015 ECAC NIRC Stewards All-Academic squad.
Boire graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She is a three-time CRCA Scholar-Athlete, an ECAC NIRC Stewards All-Academic and a Liberty League All-Academic honoree.
Loretan is a French and Francophone studies major. She also garnered ECAC NIRC Stewards All-Academic and Liberty League All-Academic honors.
Stage graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in English. Three times she earned ECAC NIRC All-Academic and Liberty League All-Academic recognition while also meriting CRCA Scholar-Athlete honors in 2013. On the water, Stage was one of four Herons named All-Liberty League this season.
Tuvell is a mathematics major. She is a two-time ECAC NIRC Stewards All-Academic and Liberty League All-Academic honoree. On the water, Tuvell was named a CRCA Pocock second team All-American and All-Liberty League this year.
William Smith’s varsity eight was tied for 11th in the nation in the final College Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing poll.