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Michelle Nance Named ACC 2009 Rowing Scholar-Athlete

Michelle Nance Named ACC 2009 Rowing Scholar-Athlete

Aug. 7, 2009

Greensboro, NC – Atlantic Coast Conference Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the Year Michelle Nance of Clemson leads the 2009 All-ACC Academic Team announced Friday by Commissioner John D. Swofford.

Nance, a senior from Simpsonville, S. C., who is majoring in Language and International Trade, is a repeat selection to the All-ACC Academic Rowing team, having been chosen to the 2008 squad and was a first-team All-ACC selection this year after helping to lead her boat and team to its first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference Rowing Championship. Nance rowed on the Tigers’ First Varsity Eight boat which defeated Virginia for the first time in the 10-year history of the ACC’s Rowing Championships. Nance was also honored as a national scholar-athlete by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). Named to the ACC’s Crew of the Year, she is also a two-time member of the ACC’s Academic Honor Roll.

A total of two All-Americans, 12 CRCA Scholar-Athletes and three CRCA All-Region honorees are featured on the 2009 All-ACC Academic Rowing Team. The 34 rowers were selected from a pool of 117 nominees from the ACC’s six schools who sponsor rowing–Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Miami, North Carolina and Virginia–an impressive average of almost 20 nominees per school.

To be nominated for the ACC All-Academic team, student-athletes must have recorded a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average in the winter semester and have maintained a 3.0 career GPA at their respective schools. Once the qualification standard is met, selection to the team is then based on a combination of academic and athletic achievement.

The CRCA All-Americans were Clemson’s Brittany Cummings of Virginia Beach, Va., who was a second-team selection. Additionally, Miami senior Rachel Sporko, earned second-team CRCA All-Region honors. The three members of Clemson’s National Champion First Varsity Four boat were juniors Alison Colberg of Six Mile, S.C., Callen Erdecky of Bowie, Md. and Meredith Razzolini of Rowsell, Ga. Clemson’s win at this year’s NCAA National Championships marked the fifth national event title by an ACC team and the first by any other school besides Virginia.

A total of 11 rowers repeated from last year’s All-ACC Academic team, including Nance, Megan Bendik of Clemson (Marietta, Ga.), Laura Cordner of Miami (Melbourne, Victoria), Sara Couch of Duke (London, Ky.), Elizabeth Keyser of Boston College (Bala Cynwyd, Pa.), Tracy Maciolek (Howell, N.J.) of Boston College, Nicole Rau (Wyoming, Mich.) of Clemson, Mairi Trimboli of Clemson (Ludlow, Vt.), Emily Wingrove of Miami (Gloucester, Va.), Katherine Wood of North Carolina (Cornelius, N.C.) and Ruby Woodside of North Carolina (Natick, Mass.). Additionally, Katrina Weschler of Duke (Wilmette, Ill.) makes her second appearance on the team, having earned a spot on the 2007 ACC All-Academic Rowing team. Clemson led all schools with 11 selections followed by Miami with six honorees, Duke with five, and Boston College, North Carolina and Virginia with four each.

Nance was one of nine All-ACC honorees who also earned selection to the All-ACC Academic team. Joining Nance were Leidecker, Bendik and Cummings of Clemson; Maciolek and Laura Harvey (Wethersfield, Conn.) of Boston College; Cordner and Wingrove of Miami; and Lesley King (New Castle, Wash.) of Duke.

The 12 CRCA scholar-athletes who were also selected for the ACC All-Academic team, included Maciolek and Heather Schofield (Concord, N.H.) of Boston College; Nance, Bendik, Colberg and Melanie McDaniel (Austin, Tex.) of Clemson; Allyson Hodgkins (Wakefield, Mass.) and Monica Sajincic (Piran, Slovenia) of Miami; Wood, Kasey Munson (New Iberia, La.) and Chandler Sours of North Carolina; and Lauren Nelson (Kansas City, Mo.) of Virginia.

2009 ACC All-Academic Rowing Team
Name Class Major School
Janet Bartholdson Junior History Duke
Megan Bendik Senior Health Science Clemson
Claudia Blandford Sophomore Engineering Virginia
Victoria Burke Senior Art History Virginia
Allison Colberg Junior Mathematics Clemson
Laura Cordner Senior International Studies Miami
Sara Couch Senior Political Science Duke
Brittany Cummings Junior Health Sciences Clemson
Steffi Decker Junior Political Science Duke
Callen Erdeky Junior Accounting Clemson
Laura Harvey Senior Elementary Education Boston College
Allyson Hodgkins Senior Neuroscience Miami
Elizabeth Keyser Junior History Boston College
Lesley King Junior Biological Anthropology Duke
Jessica Leidecker Senior Animal & Veterinary Science Clemson
Tracy Maciolek Senior Secondary Education Boston College
Melanie McDaniel Senior Special Education Clemson
Sarah Medlund Sophomore Elementary Education Miami
Kasey Munson Senior International Studies North Carolina
Michelle Nance Junior Language & International Trade Clemson
Summers Nelson Junior Commerce Virginia
Nora Phillips Junior Environmental Science Virginia
Nicole Rau Senior Biological Sciences Clemson
Meredith Razzolini Junior Psychology Clemson
Monika Sajincic Sophomore Biochemistry Miami
Heather Schofield Senior Biology Boston College
Chandler Sours Senior Biology/Psychology North Carolina
Rachel Sporko Sophomore Exercise Physiology Miami
Mairi Trimboli Junior Economics Clemson
Katrina Weschler Senior Cultural Anthropology Duke
Emily Wingrove Junior Undeclared Miami
Grace Wolff Sophomore Communications Clemson
Katherine Wood Senior Business Administration North Carolina
Ruby Woodside Senior Chemistry North Carolina