Women of Troy Earn Pac-12 All-Academic Honors
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June 4, 2014
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The USC women's rowing team had four student-athletes honored on Monday, June 2, when the Pac-12 Conference announced its 2014 All-Academic Teams. Senior All-American Vineta Moca, sophomore Sara Bilimoria, and junior Elizabeth Turner were each chosen to the first team. The trio also received CRCA (Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association) honors as National Scholar-Athletes last week. Senior Erica Christianson received second-team recognition while eight others earned honorable mention.
It is Moca's third-career selection to the conference's all-academic team. She graduated this May with a degree in public policy and development and finished with a 3.75 grade-point average. Turner received her second first-team designation with a 3.71 GPA in human biology. Bilimoria appears on the all-academic team for the first time and holds a team-high 3.80 GPA in global health. Christianson's 3.65 GPA in political science netted her the first all-academic honor of her career as a second-team selection.
The three first-team choices give USC a program total of 47 all-time academic honorees. The Trojans have also had 23 all-time second-team all-academic selections for a total of 70 certificates.
Among USC's eight student-athletes who received all-academic honorable mention were junior Shelby Adair (3.34, Cinematic Arts Critical Studies); sophomore Darian DiCianno (3.26, Human Biology); junior Kellyn Freire (3.33, Business Administration); junior Katherine Gleadow (3.11, Geology); sophomore Kamali Houston (3.06, Communication); senior Kajsa Olsson (3.00, Communication); sophomore Madara Strautmane (3.26, Economics and Mathematics); and junior Eglit Vosu (3.13, International Relations). Of the eight honorable mentions, only Vosu is a repeat selection. The Trojans have had 30 student-athletes chosen for honorable mention in all-time program history.
In order to be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.00 overall grade-point average and be a significant contributor on her institution's squad through spring competitions.
The Women of Troy were ranked 10th in the nation in the final CRCA poll of the 2014 season. USC finished 10th as a team at the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships. The varsity four raced in the NCAA grand final while each of the varsity eight boats earned spots in their petite finals. The Trojans' varsity eight won the Jessop-Whittier Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic for the fourth consecutive year and USC ran its streak of dual victories over rival UCLA to 13 straight years. For more information on the USC women's rowing program, please visit USCTrojans.com.