Eight Trojan Rowers Receive Pac-12 All-Academic Honors|
June 3, 2013
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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Eight USC women's rowers were named to the 2013 Pac-12 Conference Women's Rowing All-Academic teams, as announced by Commissioner Larry Scott on Monday (June 3). To be eligible for selection to the academic teams, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be a significant contributor.
Senior starboard Melanie Grindle topped all first-team selections with her third overall conference all-academic recognition. Junior port Vineta Moca received her second first-team nod while sophomores Lauren Liedel and Elizabeth Turner each took home first-team honors for the first time in their careers. Senior port Hannah Bowen was selected to the second team to repeat her second-team honors from 2011. Senior coxswain Jennah Blau, and sophomores Elaine Krebs and Eglit Võsu each earned all-academic honorable mention status.
Grindle was also a first-team all-academic selection as a junior and received second-team honors as a sophomore. She is also a three-time CRCA National Scholar-Athlete and was named the Pac-12's Athlete of the Year last week. Grindle graduated with a 3.63 grade-point average and holds a degree in business administration from USC's famed Marshall School of Business. She will attend Columbia's law school in the fall. Grindle held the bow seat in the Trojans' varsity eight boat for the past two seasons.
Moca received her second first-team all-academic selection and is in her third year majoring in public policy and development with a 3.68 GPA. Moca stroked the varsity eight boat, this season. Liedel is double-majoring in human biology and architecture and holds a 3.79 GPA and Turner is majoring in human biology with a 3.81 GPA. Bowen graduated with a 3.42 GPA with degrees in economics and political science.
Blau graduated with a degree in communications from USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Krebs is majoring in biochemistry and Võsu is majoring in international relations.
The five first- and second-team selections push USC's all-time all-academic certificate totals to 66 (44 first team and 22 second team).
Ranked No. 1 for much of the season, the Women of Troy completed the 2013 campaign with a program-best fourth-place finish at the NCAA championships. The Trojans' varsity four came in second for silver medals in the NCAA's fours event while the second varsity eight enjoyed a program-record fourth-place finish in its event. USC claimed three trophies at the San Diego Crew Classic, won the Lake Natoma Invitational, defeated UCLA in its annual dual race, and came in second at the Pac-12 championships.