FRIDAY, JUNE 04, 2010
Barker, Burke and Manis earn Rowing National Scholar-Athlete Award
Senior Kelly Burke
Senior Kelly Burke
Seniors Jennifer Barker, Kelly Burke and Jenna Manis capped one of the most successful seasons in JU women’s rowing by earning the National Scholar-Athlete Award for outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments as announced by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA).

The award recognizes student-athletes with at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA who have competed in 75 percent of their school’s spring races.

“Our goal as a team is to have a 3.0 GPA or higher,” said JU head coach Kris Muhl. “It is outstanding that the College Rowing Coaches Association honors those student-athletes who have achieved high academic success during their collegiate sports careers. These scholar-athletes represent 65 out of the 87 Division I varsity open-weight programs in the United States. I am also pleased to say that the varsity women’s squad achieved its goal in having a team GPA above 3.0.”

Barker, a sports administration major with a 3.77 GPA, earns the award for the third consecutive year after receiving Dean’s List honors and academic all-conference honors for the third straight year.

Burke, an education major with a 3.61 GPA, earns the award for the second time after earning last season. As a junior, she was named to the Dean’s List and earned academic all-conference honors. As a sophomore, she was named to the President’s Honor Roll after finishing the year with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Manis, a marine science major with a 3.97 GPA, garners the award for the first time after receiving Dean’s List honors and academic all-conference honors. As a junior, she was named to the Dean’s List while also receiving academic all-conference honors.