Tulsa Rowing Duo Named 2006 National Scholar Athletes
May 25, 2006
Tulsa, Oklahoma - University of Tulsa sophomores Chelsea Cornell and Michelle Sechser were each named 2006 National Scholar Athletes by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). Both student-athletes are first-time recipients of the national award.
Cornell is a two-year letterwinner and native of Orlando, Fla., who competed in seven of eight regattas during the 2005-06 campaign. She led three different boats to first place finishes and helped her boats log 12 top-5 finishes out of 15 races. Cornell helped guide TU's Varsity 8+ boat to first place times at the Dad Vail Regatta in the repechage race, and led the Varsity 4+ boats to top performances at the Midwest Intercollegiate Rowing Championships and against Kansas and Drake. A member of the TU Dean's List, Cornell has maintained a 3.55 grade point average in art.
Sechser hails from Folsom, Calif., and is a two-year letterwinner for the Golden Hurricane. She participated every regatta and received the team's Most Valuable Rower for the 2005-06 campaign. As a member of the Varsity 8+ boat, she led the crew to a first place finish at the Dad Vail Regatta in a repechage race, and helped steer the Varsity 4+ boat to a first place performances at the Midwest Intercollegiate Rowing Championships and against Kansas and Drake. During fall action, she led her boats to two first place times and one second place showing at the Wichita Frostbite Regatta, a fifth place finish in the Championship Four at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta and to two top-5 finishes at the Head of the Oklahoma Regatta. Sechser is a member of the Tulsa Dean's List with a 3.71 GPA as a business major.
The CRCA award recognizes student-athletes with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher that competed in 75 percent of her team's 2006 spring races. In addition, the student-athletes must be upperclassmen (2nd, 3rd, or 4th year) in terms of eligibility and their head coaches must be good standing members of the CRCA.
A total of 135 student-athletes from 50 different schools were honored for their efforts during the 2006 season. The Mid-Atlantic Region produced 44 selections amongst 16 different schools. The institution with the most selections overall was the University of Central Florida (UCF) out of the South Region with six honorees. Clemson, Delaware, Rhode Island, Villanova, and Yale each produced five National Scholar Athletes.
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