Aug. 25, 2009
The Clemson rowing team was awarded the President’s Pride Cup on Sunday, August 23 at the Clemson Athletic Department’s Solid Orange Family Reunion held in Jervey Gym. The award recognizes excellence in four areas: Athletics, Academics, Leadership and Community Outreach.
The rowing team scored the most points in the athletics category by winning their first ACC title and having a national champion in the Varsity 4+ crew. Academically, the team was among the top five teams for both the fall and spring semesters. In addition, eight rowers were named CRCA National Scholar Athletes and 10 were named to the ACC All-Academic team. Senior Michelle Nance was named the ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year and recent graduate Megan Bendik was awarded a postgraduate scholarship by the ACC. Six Tiger rowers were named to the All-ACC team, four were named to the All-Region team, and three student-athletes were named All-Americans. The rowing team amassed 107 total points by averaging over 35 hours of community service per student-athlete.
The President’s Pride Cup is the highest overall award a team can receive at Clemson. The concept of the award came from the Student Athlete Advisory Council who wanted an award that honored excellence in all areas of the student-athlete experience. The actual trophy is housed in Vickery Hall and the winning team receives a replica for their trophy case. All members of the winning team receive pewter Jefferson Cups as a memento of their achievement.
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