Quartet Of Aggies Honored By CRCA For Outstanding Academic Achievement

UC Davis had four members recognized by the CRCA for achievements in the classroom. <br> (Randy Southard)
UC Davis had four members recognized by the CRCA for achievements in the classroom.
(Randy Southard)

May 24, 2007

DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis varsity rowing members Lucci Lautze, Liz Russo, Sarah Schulze and Brooke Thomas have been honored for oustanding academics with recognition as scholar-athletes by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA), it was announced on Thursday.

Honored student-athletes must have at least a 3.50 cumulative GPA to be selected.

The quartet of Aggies each rowed for the UC Davis second varsity eight this past season, helping the boat post six wins including capturing a gold medal at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships in May. UC Davis won two races to claim that title while also capturing dual wins against rival Sacramento State in April and visiting San Diego State in March. The second varsity eight opened its spring campaign with a win at the Davis Invitational Rowing Tournament at the Port of Sacramento.

The Aggies capped their standout season with a second-place performance in the petite finals at the highly competitive Pac-10 Conference Championships at Lake Natoma on May 13.

Lautze, a sophomore from San Francisco, earned recognition by the CRCA with a 3.65 GPA while majoring in mathematics. She has rowed in the seven-seat most of the season for the second varsity eight, includng the victories at the WIRA Championships. Russo is a junior from Morgan Hill majoring in international relations and carries a 3.71 GPA. She has rowed stroke for UC Davis for each race.

Schulze, a sophomore from Tiburon, had a 3.51 GPA in political science. Besides seeing time with the second varsity eight, she also rowed with the varsity four. Thomas is a junior from Palo Alto who has posted a 3.52 GPA while double-majoring in biochemistry and English. She has rowed primarily in the bow position for the Aggies.

UC Davis recently completed it spring season, posting several strong performances throughout its lineup. Among the team's highlights was the dual against Sacramento State in which Aggie boats won four races.