May 23, 2005
CLEMSON, S.C. - Two Gonzaga University women's rowers were named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar Athlete list released by the CRCA on Monday. Senior Karen O'Hagan and junior Kari Durgan were honored after helping the Bulldogs win their 9th consecutive West Coast Conference championship and second WIRA championship in the last four seasons. O'Hagan, a native of Tucson, Ariz., holds a 3.61 in psychology and political science. Durgan, a junior from Vancouver, Wash., holds a 3.8 in English. Both rowers were also CRCA All-Academic selections last year.
The award recognizes student-athletes with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher that competed in 75 percent of her team's 2005 spring races. Also, the student-athletes selected were upperclassmen (2nd, 3rd, or 4th year) in terms of eligibility and their head coaches must be good standing members of the CRCA.
A total of 142 student-athletes from 49 schools were honored for their efforts during the 2005 season. The total number of recipients improved from the 2004 season, when 124 student-athletes were honored.
The Central Region produced 36 selections amongst 11 different schools. The South and New England regions produced 28 selections apiece, while the West and Mid-Atlantic both had 25 selections. Wisconsin led all schools with seven National Scholar Athletes, while Villanova was honored with six selections. Brown, Cincinnati, San Diego, Texas, and UCLA were represented with five honorees each.