DURHAM, N.C. – Four members of the Duke rowing team were selected to the All-ACC Academic Team, as announced by the league office Thursday. Sophomores Shannon Tierney and Karley Whelan, junior Katherine Maitland and freshman Kiernan Spencer represented the Blue Devils. The selection is the second for Maitland and Whelan and the first for Tierney and Spencer.
Last month, Maitland was a First Team All-ACC honoree while Tierney picked up second-team all-league accolades. Maitland was also a First Team Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Region 3 honoree. Earlier in June, Maitland and Tierney were both named CRCA Scholar-Athletes.
Maitland and Tierney were members of the V8 for the entire season as it claimed a title at the Carolina Cup and a third-place finish at the Clemson Invite. Following the Carolina Cup win, the boat was tabbed the ACC Crew of the Week for its performance. The boat clocked its best time of 6:19.405 at the Longhorn Invite, where it took third to Iowa and San Diego.
Whelan was a member of the V4 for all but one race this spring. She helped the 2V4 to the Carolina Cup crown before shifting to the V4 for the rest of the season. In two of Duke's biggest competitions, the Longhorn Invite and Clemson Invitational, Whelan helped the boat qualify for the A Finals. The V4 also took home the title at the Dale England Cup, defeating Notre Dame, Indiana and San Diego.
Spencer was with the 2V8 for the majority of the season before shifting up to the V8 for the ACC Championship. While at the league event, Spencer and the V8 placed fourth in the Grand Final. She also helped the 2V8 to a win at the Dale England Cup and to appearances in the A Finals at the Longhorn Invite and Clemson Invitational.
To be nominated for the All-ACC Academic Team, student-athletes must have recorded a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average in the winter semester and have maintained a 3.0 career GPA at their respective schools.
Virginia's Georgia Ratcliff was named the ACC's Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Ratcliff, an economics major, sat in the five seat of Virginia's V8 as the Cavaliers captured their eighth consecutive ACC Championship and finished 11th at the NCAA Championship.
Clemson and Syracuse led all ACC schools with nine selections each on the 2017 All-ACC Academic Team, followed by Notre Dame (7), Louisville (6) and Virginia (6), North Carolina (5), Duke (4) and Boston College (3) and Miami (3).