DURHAM, N.C. – Recent Duke graduate Katherine Maitland, rising seniors Rhea Bergman, Marissa Donadio and Shannon Tierney and rising junior Kiernan Spencer were named Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Scholar-Athletes in 2018, the organization announced this week.
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 CRCA each of the last eight years as this year’s five Blue Devil selections match the 2015 and 2008 totals.
Maitland (biology and evolutionary anthropology), Bergman (public policy), Donadio (biomedical engineering), Tierney (psychology) and Spencer (history) each helped the No. 18 Blue Devils secure third at the ACC Championship in May. The CRCA Scholar-Athlete award is the second for Bergman and Tierney and first for Donadio, Maitland and Spencer.
Maitland and Tierney were members of the V8 all season as Maitland earned first team All-ACC recognition. Bergman, Donadio and Spencer held seats in the 2V8 for the majority of the campaign while Donadio and Spencer also split time in the V4 and 2V4.
Duke concluded the 2017-18 campaign with a third-place finish at the ACC Championship in Clemson, S.C., and advanced a program-best five boats to the Grand Finals.