Zags Lead The WCC With Four First Team All-Academic Selections
May 11, 2017

2017 WCC All-Academic Team

SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The West Coast Conference is pleased to announce the 2016-17 West Coast Conference Women's Rowing All-Academic Team. Seventeen student-athletes were named to the first-team, with four being named for the second time and one being named for the third time. Gonzaga had 18 student-athletes honored in total including honorable mention, with four being selected to the first team, trailing only Creighton who had 20 selections overall. The Zags led the first team with their four selections.

Rachael Arand, Isabelle Belzil, Marie Hayman, and Olivia Lada were all selected to the first team. Arand, Hayman, and Lada were all selected for the first time, and Belzil was tabbed to the honorable mention team last year.

Arand maintains a 3.91 GPA while majoring in sport management. She has rowed with the varsity eight and second varsity eight this season. The second varsity eight has had six runner-up finishes this year and had three-top five finishes at the Clemson Invitational. Belzil, a preseason All-WCC selection, has a 3.61 GPA and is majoring in business administration. Lada maintains a 3.87 GPA and is a history major. They both have rowed with the varsity eight crew this season, recording three wins, three runner-up finishes, and seven top-five finishes. Hayman has a 3.80 GPA and is a sport management major. She has rowed with the varsity four, varsity eight, and second varsity eight boats this season. She was in the boat for runner-up finishes with the varsity four and varsity eight boats, and three runner-up finishes and three top-five finishes with the second varsity eight.

Additionally, the Zags had 14 student-athletes selected to the honorable mention list.

Rowing primarily with the varsity eight this season, Lindey English (3.30, Nursing), Olivia Marsh (3.44, Psychology), Lauren English (3.56, Nursing), Meghan McCallum (3.22, Business Administration), and Micailah Donner (3.39, Psychology) were all selected. They had three wins this season, four runner-up finishes, and nine top-five finishes.

From the second varsity eight boat, Isabella Spies (3.56, Political Science), Ana Delucchi (3.22, Economics and Science), Katherine Conway (3.80, Nursing), Cheryl Murbach (3.68, Human Physiology), and Shaylee Kieffer (3.39, English) were chosen. The second varsity eight had five top-five finishes and a win at the Lake Natoma Invitational.

From the third varsity eight and fourth varsity eight boats, Megan Seifert (3.76, Sport Management), Emma Delucchi (3.29, Computer Science), Nicola Maytom (3.23, Psychology), and Alexis Legaspi (3.82, International Relations) were selected. The third varsity eight boat defeated Washington State and Oregon State, and the fourth varsity eight boat beat Oregon State.

Hayman, Spies, Seifert, A. Delucchi, E. Delucchi, Conway, Murbach, and Kieffer also rowed in the varsity four boat, which had five top-five finishes and a win at the Lake Natoma Invitational. Kieffer was selected to the honorable mention list for the third-consecutive year, and Donner, Marsh, and Spies were selected for the second-straight year. Murbach was a first team selection in 2016.

All told, fourteen West Coast Conference women’s rowers own a cumulative GPA of 3.80 or better and forty-seven posted a GPA of 3.50 or better.

At the conclusion of each athletic season, the WCC selects an all-academic squad for each WCC-sponsored sport. To be considered, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, while also being a significant contributor to her team. No fewer than 84 WCC student-athletes met the academic criteria for women’s rowing.

The Zags are pursuing their third-straight West Coast Conference Championship and 16th overall as they travel to Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. on Saturday for the 2017 WCC Championships.

Name School Class GPA Major
Rachael Arand Gonzaga So. 3.91 Sport Management
Isabelle Belzil Gonzaga Jr. 3.61 Business Administration
Hollynd Boyden  Santa Clara Sr. 3.77 Biology
Clara Blackbill LMU Sr. 3.57 Political Science
Kimberly Delen-Briones Saint Mary's Sr. 3.75 Allied Health Science
Kelsey Dunne Saint Mary's Sr. 3.72 Accounting
Kim Ehntholt LMU Jr. 3.62 Economics
Samantha Erickson Creighton Jr. 3.86 Exercise Science
Megan Goodman San Diego Sr. 3.62 International Relations and Spanish
Marie Hayman Gonzaga So. 3.80 Sport Management
Meredith Hoggatt San Diego Sr. 3.84 Mechanic Engineering
Olivia Lada Gonzaga So. 3.87 History 
Melanie Martinell Portland Jr. 3.60 Computer Science
Lauren Reid Portland Jr. 3.65 Accounting
Audrey Sisel Creighton Jr. 3.98 History 
Acacia Welsford Portland So. 3.94 History 
Karli Wittenberg San Diego Sr. 3.61 Biochemistry

CREIGHTON: Mollie Babich, Julie Bricker, Isabelle Buhr, Kortni Carico, Whitney Coriolan, Maddie Eyer, Alyssa Freitas, Michelle Frisbie, Emily Graupman, Mackenzie Hatcher, Madison Heinrich, Louisa Karam, Elizabeth Maynard, Sydney Olson, Mary Stanley, Sarah Stephani, Caitlyn Ward, McKinley Wilson, Hanna Wysopal
GONZAGA: Katherine Conway, Ana Delucchi, Emma Delucchi, Micailah Donner, Lauren English, Lindey English, Shaylee Kieffer, Alexis Legaspi, Meghan McCallum, Olivia Marsh, Nicola Maytom, Cheryl Murbach, Megan Seifert, Isabella Spies
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT: Clara Campbell, Nora Consani, Masury Lynch, Briar Murphy
PORTLAND: Madeline Bettinger-Lobash, Hannah Burns, Megan Del Pozzi, Kiva Goodman, Maddie Goodwin, Mariah Graham, Lauren Jesse, Jess Mann, Megan Medalia, Veronica Nicacio, Catherine Pennie, Celina Perez, Courtney Schmidt, Alyssa Soete, Brianne Zyblicki
SAINT MARY’S: Kylie Aberle, Emma Bangs, Ashley Godoy, Hannah Grunbaum, Emma Hancock, Abbie McGill, Rachel Rowland
SAN DIEGO: Uche Anyanwu, & Jane Bird
SANTA CLARA: Valerie Bright, Katherine Malueg, Hope McGowan, Leah Senatro, Jiana Serpa, Sarah Smith



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