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