7 Bama Rowers honored for classroom success

Seven Alabama rowers have been honored for their success in the classroom.

Jessica Allaway, Tabitha Coleman, Jennifer Johnson, Alissa Kranz, Jessica Parker, Mariah Styer, and Stephanie Varner were all awarded the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association's Scholar Athlete Award. The award requires rowers be at least sophomores, hold a 3.5 grade point average for her career, and compete in at least 75 percent of the team's spring races.

"We always want to be in the upper echelon when it comes to these kinds of honors," said Crimson Tide head coach Larry Davis. "I think it speaks to the kind of program we have here at Alabama."

Crimson Tide rowers are no stranger to the CRCA Scholar Athlete award. In the five year history of Division I competition, 24 Alabama rowers have earned a total of 43 Scholar Athlete awards. Allaway, Kranz, and Varner all earned the award for the second time.

"We want to continue to be a program that enjoys great success both in the classroom and on the water," Davis said.

The Crimson Tide won the Cal Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic and three gold medals at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships during the 2010-2011 season.