OMAHA, Neb. - Four members of the Creighton crew team have earned National Scholar Athlete Awards, given out by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association and announced Tuesday. Christine Koehler, Molly Meister and Kristina Ward join teammate and WCC All-Conference Bluejay Kayla Heimerman on the national list. The Bluejays finished fourth in the West Coast Conference Tournament, the first year the Jays have competed in the conference.
Heimerman is an Omaha native in her third season at Creighton. She holds a 3.712 cumulative grade point average in Economics and French. She was the only Bluejay named to the WCC All-Conference team earlier this season, leading the Jays in the California tournament. Koehler is a junior from Monument, Colo., and holds a 3.940 gpa in Nursing. A Business Intelligence Analytics and Marketing major from Scottsbluff, Neb., sophomore Meister has a 3.884 gpa at Creighton. Ward earns the honor with a 3.643 gpa in Physics and Mathematics. The sophomore is from Omaha, Neb.
To qualify for the award, a crew member must meet all eligibility rules as defined by her institution, be in their 2nd, 3rd or 4th year f eligibility, have rowed in an NCAA eligible boat for a minimum of 75% of the spring races and the head coach must be a member in good standings of CRCA. All student athletes who received the honors must hold a 3.50 cumulative gpa at their institutions.
The Bluejays finished fourth in their first-ever WCC tournament, which was rowed in Sacramento, Calif., at the end of April. Head Coach Dan Chipps' squad picked up 16 points in the event, ahead of both Loyola Marymount (14) and Santa Clara (5). San Diego (36) took the top spot, with Gonzaga (30) and Saint Mary's (24) following second and third.
The Jays also took four-of-four from Drake earlier in the season while posting some of the fastest times rowed by a Bluejay boat in years. In the first Varsity 8's Creighton finished the race in 6:19, almost a full minute over the 7:06 of the Bulldog's Varsity 8's. The Jays won all four races in the regatta in Omaha.