Rebecca Gutwin '06, the stroke on the Herons varsity eight crew team, was recently named to the ESPN-The Magazine Women’s At-Large Academic All-America second team. A mathematics major, she graduated summa cum laude in May.
Gutwin, originally from Williston, Vt., is the 11th Heron to earn Academic All-American honors and the first William Smith oarswoman to receive the national acclaim. The stroke is the pacesetter for the boat, seated closest to the coxswain.
A three-year member of the varsity eight, Gutwin is a two-time CRCA Pocock All-American. The varsity eight earned the Liberty League Boat of the Week Award four times during the 2006 season en route to the Liberty League Crew of the Year Award.
They captured the 2006 Liberty League Championship in convincing fashion, enjoying a seven-second cushion over their nearest competitor. Gutwin and her teammates also earned a silver medal at this year’s New York State Rowing Championship.
She was named to the Dean’s List in each of her four years on campus. A Faculty Scholar, she is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Laurel Society, William Smith’s junior class honor society. Gutwin earned a spot on the Liberty League All-Academic team in each of the past three seasons.
Gutwin received the Evaleen C. Harrison ’19 Scholar-Athlete Award at the annual Athletics Banquet.
Academic All-America teams honor more than 800 student-athletes who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. They are chosen by votes from members of the College Sports Information Directors of America. The Women’s At-Large Academic All-America team consists of the top 15 student-athletes in bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, and water polo. CoSIDA also names a second and third team consisting of 15 student-athletes each.
To be eligible for an academic All-America team, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings.