Alabama Rowing Seniors Honored

One of the nice things about college athletics is athletes being recognized for their achievements. All-America, all-conference. MVP, etc. But there is one sport where it is impossible for a player to be recognized for individual athletics achievement.


Everyone on the rowing crew is performing at the same rate. You can't have a rower win All=America by paddling faster than her teammates. All those oars move together.

But Alabama has had some rowing honorees this year.

Three Alabama rowers were among the sixteen student-athletes who were named to the inaugural Conference USA All-Academic Team the league office announced Friday. The team was voted on by the league's sports information directors for rowing. All nine C-USA rowing schools were represented.

Crimson Tide seniors Katie Spohr (Edwardsville, Ill.), Bailey Sanders (Madison, Miss.) and Stacy Ogle (Albertville, Ala.) earned the league honor. Spohr was one of four student-athletes who were unanimous selections to the All-Academic squad.

"I think this reflects very well on the dedication our ladies have as student-athletes," UA Coach Larry Davis said. "These three are obviously leading the charge, but we have a strong group of student-athletes who are taking care of things in the classroom. It's nice to have those leading the way recognized in this way."

Alabama and Kansas were the only two schools to place three members on the team. Oklahoma, Texas and Tulsa each had two while Kansas State, SMU, Tennessee and UCF had one representative each. The all-academic team consists of student-athletes who have earned a 3.2 cumulative grade point average or better and are a key contributor to their team.

All three Tide student-athletes are two-time Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association's Scholar-Athlete honorees and have been part of crews that medaled at some of the nation's top competition. Spohr sports a 3.93 GPA in economics and marketing, Sanders carries a 4.0 GPA while majoring in political science and minoring in Spanish, Italian and creative writing and Ogle graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in communications studies after posting a perfect 4.0 GPA and is now pursuing a graduate degree in the same field.

The Tide will compete in the first C-USA Rowing Championship Saturday and Sunday at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

It was only recently that it was announced that Alabama's rowing team would be competing in Conference USA, just in time to get the honors.

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