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Six Rowers Named CRCA Scholar Athletes
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/25/2011
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DURHAM, N.C. - Duke rowers Tori Arendt, Katie Burke, Joline Doedens, Rory Erickson-Kulas, Justine Hong and Emily Theys were named Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar Athletes for the 2010-11 season, as announced by the CRCA on Tuesday.

To be eligible for consideration, all rowers must meet the requirements of being in their second, third or fourth year of eligibility, maintain a grade point average of at least 3.5 while also competing in at least 75 percent of the team's spring season.

This is the second selection for junior's Arendt, Doedens and Erickson-Kulas. Arendt and Doedens were both fixtures of Duke's second varsity eight, helping the team take third at the 2011 ACC Championships as well as a third place finish at the semi-finals of the Knecht Cup.

Erickson-Kulas, a public policy major, has helped power Duke's varsity eight over the season, guiding the Blue Devils to top finishes as the Head of the Potomac, Genesee, and even in the semi-finals of the Knecht Cup. The junior even tabbed All-ACC honors last season at the ACC Championships. All three rowers were named to the All-ACC Academic team as sophomores.

Theys, a sociology major, spent her sophomore season as a starting member of Duke's varsity eight, and helped the team to a third place finish at the 2011 ACC Championships. A coxswain for the Blue Devils, Hong has powered the varsity eight throughout the season, while also maintaining a 3.78 GPA as a public policy major. Burke, a sophomore psychology major, took top honors this season, as she helped Duke's varsity quad take gold in the Knecht Cup, setting a new team record time in the event.

In all, 18 rowers from the ACC were named to the 2011 CRCA Scholar Athlete List, with Duke taking the most with six, Boston College and Clemson both with five apiece and North Carolina and Virginia both had one selection.

Also announced on Tuesday, were the 2011 Division I all-region award winners. Selected to the All-South Region First Team was senior Alex Japhet, while sophomore Emily Theys was named to the All-South Region Second Team.

These awards recognize the outstanding performance of rowers and coxswains from each of the five regions. Nominated student-athletes are evaluated on the strength of their team's regional finish. These athletes will be eligible for All-America award selections following the NCAA Rowing Championships, May 27-29.

Japhet is a two-time recipient of the award, taking the honor last season. The Everett, Wash., native was also named to the CRCA All-America team last season as well.

This is the first selection for Theys, who also tabbed All-ACC honors this year, along with Japhet. The two were also among only 24 rowers to be selected to the U23 National Team Camp this summer.

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