May 22, 2012
Complete List of 2012 CRCA National Scholar Athletes
LOS ANGELES - LMU women's rower P.K Carey-Jones was named a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) 2012 National Scholar-Athlete, the association announced Tuesday.
"It is an honor to have P.K. in the company of her peers from all institutions across the country who also excelled not only in the boat but in the classroom," said LMU Rowing Coordinator Vaclav Kacir. "I am not surprised to see P.K. to receive this honor. She is a very hard worker, disciplined and determined. She leads by example and is always ready to roll up her sleeves and get to work, on the water, in the gym, and in the classroom. P.K. also works as a tutor in the Student-Athlete Academic Services Center, and helps rowers and other athletes succeed as well."
The sophomore, who hails from San Francisco, carries a cumulative GPA of 3.85. She is pursuing a major in Spanish after first becoming interested in the language while attending Lowell High School. While not set on a path following graduation, Carey-Lowell lists teaching and working as a translator as potential career options.
"It feels great to be named a 2012 CRCA National Scholar-Athlete and to be part of the long list of rowers who have also achieved the award," said Carey-Jones. "I knew I was going to be nominated for an academic award, but I assumed it was only for LMU students. I had no idea it was a national award.
"There are a lot of qualified students on our team who row well and work hard academically," Carey-Jones continued. "I'm very grateful that I was chosen as a nominee and proud to represent LMU."
Requirements to make the National Scholar-Athlete team include a 3.5 GPA or higher, being in her second, third or fourth year of eligibility and has rowed in her institution's NCAA or IRA eligible boat(s) for a minimum of 75 percent of the current spring races or racing in a regional conference event.
Carey-Jones was a member of the Lions' second varsity eight this season and helped lead LMU to a third-place team finish at the West Coast Conference Championships on May 12. Her 2V8+ boat earned a third place finish behind Gonzaga and WCC team champion San Diego.
"Having P.K. named as a CRCA scholar athlete pays tribute to the outstanding commitment that LMU Student-Athlete Services has to academics," added LMU assistant coach Katelin Snyder. "She not only maintains a 3.85 GPA, but she does so while competing in our NCAA lineups, which shows an incredible amount of dedication and time management on her part. These two skills are necessary to succeed on our team, and show through in the work that our athletes do on the water and in the classroom."