May 23, 2006

Four Oarswomen Named CRCA First Team All-Region & National Scholar Athletes

May 23, 2006

The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) announced its All-Region teams for the 2006 season as well as its National Scholar Athlete award winners and four members from the Brown women's crew were on both lists. Seniors Deborah Dryer, Gillian Almy, and Mira Mehta, along with junior Rachel Dearborn, all received First Team All-New England accolades in addition to being named National Scholar Athletes. All four also earned Second Team All-Ivy honors for their second place finish at the Eastern Sprints this season.

The CRCA awards recognize the outstanding performances of rowers, both on the water and in the classroom, from each of the five Division I regions. Students must have cumulative grade point averages of 3.5 or higher and have participated in 75 percent of the team's spring races to qualify for the scholar athlete award.

Dryer has been the stoke of the varsity eight boat for the last three seasons. Last season, she earned Second Team All-Region honors as well as being named to the National Scholar Athlete list. Next weekend, Dryer will be competing in her fourth national championship as she was apart of the Bears' varsity four boat at the 2003 NCAA Championships before moving up to the varsity eight. In 2004, she helped Brown to its fourth national title as the varsity eight captured first place overall. A two-time Academic All-Ivy selection, Dryer is concentrating in Literatures and Cultures in English at Brown.

Like Dryer, both Almy and Mehta have been apart of Brown's varsity eight boat for the last three seasons after earning spots in the varsity four boat at the 2003 NCAA Championships. The two received Second Team All-Region and National Scholar Athlete honors last season. Almy, an International Relations concentrator, anchored the varsity eight boat at bow while Mehta, a Community Health concentrator, coxed the Bears' at the Eastern Sprints two weeks ago. The Bears placed second behind Princeton to earn the silver medal.

Dearborn, an English concentrator, has competed in the varsity eight boat since her freshman year and sat in the second seat at the Eastern Sprints this season. While this is her first appearance on the All-Region team, it is the second straight year she has earned National Scholar Athlete status.

Brown will be looking to capture its fifth national championship this coming weekend at the tenth annual NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championship in West Windsor, NJ.