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Viking Rowers Shine as Scholar Athletes

North Park University women's rowing team

CRCA recognizes five North Park students for their academic and athletic achievements

CHICAGO, IL (May 28, 2009) – Five members of the North Park women's rowing program were recently named Academic All-Americans and National Scholar Athletes by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) for the 2008 season.

To qualify for recognition, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale), be in at least their second year of NCAA eligibility, and have competed in varsity level competitions for 85 percent of the season’s races. This year’s honorees include sophomores Kara Bladel, Kaitlin Jackson, and Maya Munson; junior Michelle Benisek; and senior Kaela Rigterink. In addition, Jackson and Benisek were previously named Mid-Atlantic Rowing All-Conference athletes at the April 28 conference championships in Harrisburg, Penn.

“It's a tremendous challenge to be a student athlete, and we are proud of our team members that excel in the classroom while dedicating significant time to sport,” said rowing head coach Tim Grant.

Since rowing became a varsity sport at North Park six years ago, the Vikings have had 13 National Scholar honorees. This group of five marks the largest single group in the team's history.