DURHAM, N.C. – Led by All-America selection Emily Theys, seven Duke rowers were named to the All-ACC Academic Team as announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference Friday.
Joining Theys on the academic squad were senior classmates Sarah Baker, Katie Burke and Laura Sciarrino, juniors Grace Cassidy and Caroline Kiritsy and sophomore Claire Vannelli. The seven selections give Duke at least five All-ACC Academic rowers for the fifth straight year.
Baker, Burke and Theys end their Duke careers with three consecutive All-ACC Academic Team citations, becoming the fourth, fifth and sixth rowers in Duke history to earn the recognition three times.
Theys, a CRCA/US Rowing All-America second team selection, is among the most decorated rowers in school history. A native of Stoughton, Wisc., and a four-year member of the varsity eight, Theys thrice earned All-ACC and All-South Region honors and powered Duke’s varsity eight to several top finishes in 2012-13, including a second-place showing at the ACC Championship. Also a member of the US Rowing U-23 National Team, this is Theys’ third All-ACC Academic Team selection. She graduated from Duke in May with a degree in sociology.
Baker is also a three-time All-ACC Academic Team selection. A senior coxswain from Fairport, N.Y., she coxed Duke’s varsity four and second varsity four this season. Also a CRCA Scholar-Athlete in 2012, she graduated from Duke in May with a degree in cultural anthropology.
Burke, from Lutz, Fla., rowed with Duke’s varsity eight during her final three years of competition, including this past season when she helped the Blue Devils edge No. 14 Clemson at the ACC Championships. A three-time member of the All-ACC Academic Rowing Team and a CRCA Scholar-Athlete in 2011 and 2012, she graduated from Duke in May with a degree in psychology.
Sciarrino, who hails from Buffalo, N.Y., earned All-ACC accolades this season alongside Theys. She was a four-year member of the varsity eight and helped Duke capture a second-place finish at the 2013 ACC Championships. This is Sciarrino’s first time on the All-ACC Academic Rowing Team. She graduated in May with a degree in Civil Engineering.
Cassidy, a junior from New Fairfield, Conn., has been a mainstay of the varsity eight since her freshman year and this season earned CRCA All-South Region honors. A religion major, this is her first All-ACC Academic selection.
Kiritsy is a junior from West Roxbury, Mass., who coxed Duke’s varsity eight in 2012-13. A mechanical engineering major, this is her first All-ACC Academic selection.
Vannelli, a sophomore from London, Ontario, was a fixture of the varsity eight as a sophomore. A CRCA Rowing Scholar-Athlete, this is her first All-ACC Academic Team selection.