May 25, 2011
By Donnie Conley, Media Relations Student Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee Lady Vol rowing team received national recognition for its stellar achievements on and off the water, as the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association honored seven Lady Vols when it announced its 2010-11 award winners on Tuesday.
Leading the way for the Big Orange was junior Erika Lauderdale, who netted CRCA First Team All-South Region honors. A native of Bartlett, Tenn., Lauderdale was a key cog in Tennessee's V8+ shell this season. She was also named First Team All-Conference USA for her efforts this season.
Also netting All-South Region honors was junior Hilary Epes, who was named to the second team. Epes really blossomed this season after spending most of the 2009-10 season with the 2V8+. The Buffalo, N.Y., native was also named First Team All-Conference USA.
Five Lady Vols notched CRCA Scholar Athlete awards, granted to student-athletes that have sophomore standing or better with a minimum GPA of 3.5.
A sophomore from West Chester, Ohio, Austin boasts a 3.55 GPA in Animal Science. Fichthorn has a 3.87 in Nursing, while Johnson boasts a 3.89 in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology. Johnson was named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team this season as well.
Rounding out the quintet of Lady Vol CRCA Scholar Athletes are Keescker (3.81, Psychology) and Kirk (3.66, Nursing).
Fans are reminded to follow the Lady Vol rowing team on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ladyvol_rowing.