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Four Rowers Earn CRCA Scholar-Athlete Award
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 06/01/2017
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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke senior Phoebe Donovan and sophomores Rhea Bergman, Shannon Tierney and Karley Whelan were named Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Scholar-Athletes for 2017, the organization announced.

To be named a CRCA Scholar-Athlete the student-athlete must have a 3.5 cumulative or higher grade-point average for her career, meet all eligibility rules as defined by her institution, be in her second, third or fourth year of eligibility and been a member of her institution's NCAA or IRA eligible boat(s) for a minimum of 75 percent of the current spring races or racing in a regional conference.

Duke has had at least three student-athletes recognized for academic success by the CRCA each of the last seven years. The four Blue Devil selections match the 2016 total.

Donovan (public policy studies and global health), Bergman (public policy studies), Tierney (psychology) and Whelan (evolutionary anthropology) each competed during the ACC Championship. The CRCA Scholar-Athlete award is the third for Donovan and first for each of the sophomores.

Tierney was a member of the V8 all season and was named to the All-ACC Second Team. Donovan and Bergman held their seats in the 2V8 throughout the campaign while Whelan was a member of the V4 for all but one race this spring.

Duke concluded the 2016-17 campaign with a fourth-place finish at the ACC Championship in Clemson, S.C. Four of Duke's five boats advanced to the Grand Finals at the event.