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NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware rowing squad placed 10 team members on the Collegiate Rowers Coaches Association (CRCA) National Scholar-Athlete team announced earlier this week.

The list of outstanding Blue Hen scholars included senior Carly Alexander, senior Claire Brown, junior Courtney Burnham, junior Laura Donohue, junior Mia Natale, senior Hannah Scholes, sophomore Sarah Shaffer, junior Emma Spillman, senior Kaitlyn Thomesen, and junior Elizabeth Weglein.

To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must have at least sophomore eligibility, have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher, and competed in a minimum of 75 percent of her team's races during the spring.

Delaware's contingent was among 44 student-athletes recognized among the six Colonial Athletic Association institutions.

Alexander, Brown, Spillman, Thomesen, and Scholes each competed for the Blue Hens' Varsity Eights boats at the CAA Championships while Natale and Shaffer were part of the Second Varsity Eights, Burnham and Weglein were part of the Third Varsity Eights crew, and Donohue rowed for the Varsity Fours contingent.

Delaware placed fourth at the CAA Championships May 14 at Pennsauken, N.J., just a day after placing all six competing crews into the finals at the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia.

Alexander is a health behavior science and health science occupational therapy double major from Newark, Del. (St. Mark's High School); Brown, a first team All-CAA selection and team co-captain, is an economics and finance double major from Selbyville, Del. (Worcester, Md. Prep); Burnham is an exercise science major from Glastonbury, Conn. (Glastonbury HS); Donohue is a pre-vet medicine and animal biosciences and wildlife ecology conservation double major from Merchantville, N.J. (Bishop Eustace Prep); and Natale is an exercise science major from Westborough, Mass. (Westborough HS).

Scholes, who was Delaware's representative on the CAA All-Academic team for rowing, is an environmental engineering master's graduate from Newark, Del. (Wilmington Charter HS); Shaffer is a marketing and management information systems double major from Dayton, N.J. (South Brunswick HS); Spillman is a neuroscience major from Springfield, Va. (West Springfield HS); Thomesen is a quantitative biology and economics double major from Cromwell, Conn. (Cromwell HS); and Weglein is an apparel design major from Baldwin, Md. (Roland Park Country School).

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