School record 11 rowers were again named CRCA Scholar athletes in 2022

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (June 24, 2022) – For the second straight year, 11 members of the West Virginia University rowing team, a school record, were honored as 2022 CRCA Scholar-Athletes by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association.

The 11 Mountaineer student-athletes named to the 2022 team were seniors Ashley Dibling (Mechanical engineering), Nicole Dibling (Mechanical engineering), Kileigh Ark (landscape architecture), Megan present (finance) and Emma toy (Criminology), Juniors Kaira Lay (landscape architecture), Lydia Nicolai (environmental geosciences) and Sydney VanAuken (Management Information Systems) and sophomore Emily DeGlopper (exercise physiology), Anna Gall (exercise physiology) and Ryleigh Williams (Accounting).

Ashly and Nicole DiblingPresent and Toy have earned a place on the Scholars and Athletes team for the third year in a row, and Lay, Nicolai and VanAuken have been named to the team for the second year in a row.

“Congratulations to our exemplary student-athletes on this award”, rowing coach of the WVU Jimmy King said. “Each year, this is a high honor due to the combination of high academic and sporting standards that must be met. Considering that the academic standard is based on cumulative GPA and reflecting on the Covid-related challenges that have been met and overcome, I admire and commend these climbers!”

A school record 11 CRCA Scholar athletes were named in 2021. The previous all-time high for the number of WVU Scholar athletes on the CRCA team was eight (2020, 2017, and 2013 teams).

To receive CRCA Scholar-Athlete honors, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better and have competed in at least 75 percent of the team’s spring races in NCAA team boats First Eight, Second Eight, and First Four of its conference championship. Eligibility is also limited to student-athletes in their sophomore, junior, and senior seasons.

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