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Two San Diego Rowers Honored With CRCA National Scholar Athlete Awards

May 22, 2006

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) announced that Christina Valadez and Aubrey Klaich of the University of San Diego women's rowing team have been named 2006 National Scholar Athletes for their academic achievement during the spring race season.

"Women's Rowing has been working a lot with Academic Support Services this year to make sure all of our athletes have the resources and support they need to succeed," said head coach Joan O'Hara. "The effort has really paid off."

Klaich, a psychology major, will be a junior in the fall. She currently holds a 3.79 GPA and was a member of the Varsity Eight race squad for San Diego. Valadez, who will also be a junior in the fall, is a Visual Arts major. She holds a 3.64 GPA and was a member of the Varsity Eight boat as well.

The award recognizes student-athletes with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher that competed in 75 percent of her team's 2006 spring races. Also, the student-athletes must be upperclassmen in terms of eligibility.

"Women's Rowing had the highest GPA of all the USD Varsity Women's teams this fall, and the second highest of USD Varsity teams overall."

Klaich and Valadez were two of 23 athletes to represent the Western Region for this award. A total of 135 student-athletes from 50 different schools were honored for their efforts during the 2006 season.