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. Recent graduates Sarah Fletcher and Katherine Maitland join rising senior Shannon Tierney and upcoming junior Kiernan Spencer. The selection is the third for Maitland, second for Tierney and Spencer and first for Fletcher.
Earlier in the month, Maitland, Spencer and Tierney were named Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Scholar-Athletes while Maitland, a first team All-ACC selection, also picked up Division I All-Conference Team accolades by CRCA.
Fletcher, Maitland and Tierney were members of the V8 for the entire season and helped guide the Blue Devils to a third-place finish at the ACC Championship where No. 18 Duke advanced a program-record five boats to the Grand Final. The trio captured the Carolina Cup crown for the second-consecutive year, placed seventh as an unranked team at the Clemson Invitational, besting then No. 18 Syracuse and No. 20 Oklahoma and defeated then No. 15 Michigan State in double dual action in Columbus, Ohio.
Spencer held a seat in the 2V8 for the majority of the spring campaign and also split time in the V4, helping the unranked 2V8 defeat then ranked No. 15 Michigan State in Ohio. Spencer was a member of the V4 during the highly competitive Clemson Invitational where the boat secured a second-place finish during the morning session, trailing only then No. 4 Ohio State.
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.
Notre Dame’s Treasa O’Tighearnaigh was named the ACC’s Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the Year. O’Tighearnaigh, a biological sciences and economics major, rowed in the seventh seat of Notre Dame’s V8 crew, which placed fifth at the ACC Championship.
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