DURHAM, N.C. – A program record 11 Blue Devils were named Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Scholar Student-Athletes, as announced by the organization this week.
Among the recipients were recent graduates Rhea Bergman, Marissa Donadio, Anna Jenkins, Shannon Tierney, rising seniors Rani Duff and Kiernan Spencer, upcoming juniors Leeloo Gilet, Reed Kenny, Anne Klok, Ema Kuczura and graduate student Taji Phillips.
To be named a CRCA Scholar-Athlete the student-athlete must have a 3.5 cumulative or higher grade-point average for her career, meet all eligibility rules as defined by her institution, be in her second, third or fourth year of eligibility and been a member of her institution's NCAA or IRA eligible boat(s) for a minimum of 75 percent of the current spring races or racing in a regional conference.
Duke has had at least three student-athletes recognized for academic success by the CRCA in each of the last 11 seasons. This season marks the sixth time since 2008 that five or more student-athletes earned the award. The CRCA award is the third for Bergman and Tierney, second for Donadio and Spencer, and first for Jenkins, Duff, Gilet, Kenny, Klok, Kuczura and Phillips.
Duke concluded the 2018-19 season 16th overall at the NCAA Championships and totaled a school record 90 points at the ACC Championship for second-place. The Blue Devils achieved their first ever gold medal at the ACC Championship in the V4, while also capturing a program best four silver medals in the V8, 2V8, 2V4 and 3V8 races.