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Bulldog Rowers Named Scholar Athletes

May 23, 2006

CLEMSON, SC - Gonzaga University senior Kari Durgan and sophomore Julie Smetana have been named West Region National Scholar Athletes by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association.

Durgan, a stroke from Vancouver, Wash., and Smetana, a sophomore from Lansford, ND, were two of the 23 West Region selections.

Durgan helped the Bulldogs finish fourth in the Petite Final of the Pacific-10 Conference Championships, third at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships and second at the West Coast Conference Championships this season. Smetana had a seat in every race except the Pac-10 Championship. The Bulldogs tied Loyola Marymount University with 27 points in the WCC Championship, but the Bulldogs were denied a 10th straight WCC crown because LMU captured the Varsity 8+ race.

Durgan also received All-WIRA first-team honors and was an All-WCC selection. Durgan is a repeater on the CRCA West Region Scholar Athlete team with a 3.84 GPA in English while Smetana carries a 3.71 GPA in art.

The CRCA National Scholar Athlete 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 and their head coaches must be good standing members of the CRCA.

A total of 135 student-athletes from 50 different schools were honored for their efforts during the 2006 season.

2006 CRCA National Scholar Athletes
West Region

Kari Durgan, English, GonzagaJulie Smetana, Art, GonzagaErin Ludwig, Accounting, Loyola MarymountCarla Conway, Communications, Loyola MarymountJill Austin, Communications, Loyola MarymountKristen Tomlinson, Health Promotion/Education, Oregon StateAndrea Pleven, Food Science Technology, Oregon StateKaylie Towne, General Science, Oregon StateStephanie Parker, Exercise and Sport Science, Oregon StateLaura Harder, Accounting, Sacramento StateChrstina Valadez, Visual Arts, San DiegoAubrey Klaich, Psychology, San DiegoShannon Cosentino-Roush, Political Science, Santa ClaraNatasha Lindstrom, Political Science, Santa ClaraKatrina Ostertag, Undeclared, Santa ClaraJen Brown, Human Biology, StanfordJessi Reel, Studio Art, StanfordElizabeth Lee, Biology, UCLAKasia Bloch, Biology,  Washington StateLaura Griffin, Education, Washington StateTiana Rodriguez, Business Administration, Washington StateMegan Kalmoe, Latin/English, WashingtonCorianne Bowman, Russian, Washington