May 29, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Four members of the Navy women's rowing team were recognized with Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) honors this week. Katherine Ashton earned both CRCA All-Region and National Scholar-Athlete accolades, while Catherine Oakley, Rebecca Greenberg and Kathleen Heinbach all were honored as Scholar-Athletes.
Ashton (Sr., Austin, Texas) was a three-year member of the varsity eight crew and rowed in the sixth seat this past season. Last week, the recent graduate was named to both the All-Patriot League Second Team and Academic All-Patriot League Team. This is her third straight year earning recognition on a CRCA All-Region team; in the past two occasions, Ashton has gone on to receive All-America honors. In 2012, she was a CRCA Second Team All-American before garnering a first-team nod in 2013.
Navy's varsity eight crew went 5-0 during the regular season and won the EAWRC Sprints for the first time in school history. The program wrapped up its schedule at the Patriot League Championships with a second place finish in the team standings.
Student-athletes nominated for CRCA All-Region accolades are evaluated on the strength of their team's regional finish, coaches recommendations and 2,000-meter erg score. Nominees must be eligible student-athletes who have competed in their teams' varsity boat in 75 percent of races this season. By being named all-region Ashton is now eligible for CRAC All-America honors, which will be announced after the NCAA Championships.
Ashton was also one of four Mids selected as CRCA National Scholar-Athletes. She is joined by Oakley (Sr., Fairfax, Va.), Greenberg (So., Horseheads, N.Y.) and Heinbach (So., Cincinnati, Ohio).
Ashton and Oakley are three-time honorees, while Greenberg and Heinbach are recognized in their first year of eligibility. While Ashton (Mechanical Engineering, 3.77 GPA) rowed as part of the V8 crew, Oakley (Oceanography, 3.53 GPA) and Heinbach (Computer Engineering, 4.00 GPA) competed with the 2V8 boat. Greenberg (Systems Engineering-Honors, 4.00 GPA) participated in varsity four action this spring.
To be eligible for CRCA Scholar-Athlete accolades, the student-athlete must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, be at least a sophomore and have rowed in an NCAA eligible boat for a minimum of 75 percent of the spring races or have raced at a conference event.