Shields, Indiana Rowing Honored by CRCA
May 30, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana senior rower Madelyn Shields has been selected as a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) First Team All-Central Region honoree. The Hoosiers also boasted six student-athletes on the CRCA 2013 National Scholar-Athletes list.
Shields, a native of Johns Creek, Ga., was a First Team All-Big Ten selection this season and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, and rowed in the Hoosiers' First Varsity 8 boat all season. She is the fifth Hoosier to earn First Team All-Central Region honors, joining Laura Lazaridis (2005, 2006), Ellie Benson (2008), Andrea Wensits (2010) and Asja Zero (2011, 2012).
"Madi truly deserves this honor," said head coach Steve Peterson. "Despite all of the crazy obstacles this team was faced with and despite not finishing the way we expected, Madi continually gave 110 percent to be the best individual and teammate she could be. Whether it was pushing herself through a tough workout, or encouraging her teammates, we could always count on her to be a leader. She has been an unbelievable part of this program over the past four years, and we are going to really miss her next year."
Nominated student-athletes are evaluated on the strength of their team's regional finish, coaches recommendations and 2,000-meter erg score. Nominees must be eligible student-athletes who have competed in their teams' varsity boat in 75 percent of races this season.
"I am really proud of our six student-athletes who earned the CRCA National Scholar-athlete award," said Peterson. "To be in one of the top crews in our program, and also carrying over a 3.5 cumulative GPA is something be proud of. It is a real sign of the dedication and commitment that these student-athletes have not only toward their sport, but their academics as well. As they say, student comes before athlete in the term student-athlete, and these athletes really demonstrate that with this honor."
To be eligible for the National Scholar-Athlete honor, a student-athlete must have met all eligibility rules as defined by her institution, was in her second, third or fourth year of eligibility and have rowed in her institution's NCAA eligible boat for a minimum of 75 percent of the season.
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