Patriot League Announces Rowing Academic Awards

MIT's Theresa Saxton-Fox

May 4, 2011

Center Valley, Pa. - A student-athlete from Massachusetts Institute of Technology won a major Patriot League honor for the first time on Wednesday as junior Theresa Saxton-Fox was named the Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the Year while also landing on a list of 11 rowers that comprised the sport's inaugural Academic All-Patriot League Team.

Patriot League champion Bucknell led all schools with three student-athletes on the Academic All-Patriot League team, with Jillian O'Mara, Stephanie Frank and Carol Schoenecker making the list. Allison Simi joined Saxton-Fox as a representative from MIT on the squad, while Colgate (Natalie Bauman and Katherine Johnescu) and Holy Cross (Kate Broderick and Beth Charron) also had a pair of nominees. Lehigh's Jackie Ogden and Navy's Jacqueline Penichet round out the Academic All-Patriot League team.

The awards were voted on by sports information directors around the League who could not cast a ballot for their own student-athletes. The Academic All-Patriot League Team has been added for all sports beginning in the 2010-11 season to honor additional student-athletes who excel both on and off the field.

Saxton-Fox has a long line of athletic, academic and extracurricular achievements at MIT. The native of Wayland, Mass. has accumulated a 4.9 grade-point average on a 5.0 scale (3.92/4.0 GPA). She serves as President of MIT's Engineers Without Borders, which engineers solutions to issues in developing countries. She has overseen projects on water accessibility, alternative cooking fuels and individual shower units for slums as well as fundraising activities. She was awarded a Public Service Center (PSC) Fellowship to travel to Uganda as the team's project manager, where she worked with local customs officials to import solar panels into Uganda. Saxton-Fox is a researcher at the High Power pumped heat exchanger lab at MIT and a team member in the Design and Manufacturing II Lab.

Saxton-Fox has been a member of MIT's varsity eight boat in each of her three seasons. She was a Division I CRCA National Scholar-Athlete in 2010.

Saxton-Fox becomes MIT's first Scholar-Athlete of the Year winner in the school's second season as an associate Patriot League member in the sport of women's rowing.

O'Mara and Schoenecker were members of Bucknell's varsity eight that received the Patriot League Boat of the Year honor for the sixth straight year by winning at the League Championship, while Frank was a member of the lightweight eight for the Bison. O'Mara, a 2010 CRCA National Scholar-Athlete, carries a 3.91 GPA as a Biology and French major. Schoenecker was a member of Bucknell's winning varsity eight boat in each of her four seasons and holds a 3.59 GPA as a History and Classics major and African Studies minor. Frank maintains a 3.75 GPA as a Spanish/International Relations major, and was also a CRCA National Scholar-Athlete last season.

Simi carries a 4.8/5.0 (3.84/4.0) grade-point average to join Saxton-Fox as an Academic All-Patriot League honoree from MIT. The junior also earned CRCA National Scholar-Athlete status last season.

Bauman and Johnescu were each part of a Colgate varsity eight that finished second at the Patriot League Championship. Bauman holds a 3.75 GPA as a Spanish major, while Johnescu carries a 3.60 mark while majoring in Environmental Biology.

Holy Cross' Broderick and Charron carry remarkably similar profiles. Each student-athlete rowed on the varsity eight this season, and the juniors excel in the classroom as Biology majors. Broderick has a 3.80 GPA while Charron carries a 3.56 mark, and each was also named to the ECAC/NIRC Stewards' All-Academic team last season.

Ogden maintains a 3.87 GPA as a Supply Chain Management major at Lehigh, while Penichet holds the exact same mark as a Systems Engineering major at the United States Naval Academy.

To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor.

The Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for each individual sport comprises the pool of nominees for the Patriot League Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards given out over the summer. One male and one female are selected for this honor.

Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Theresa Saxton-Fox, MIT

Rowing Academic All-Patriot League
Jillian O'Mara, Bucknell, Jr.
Stephanie Frank, Bucknell, Sr.
Carol Schoenecker, Bucknell, Sr.
Natalie Bauman, Colgate, So.
Katherine Johnescu, Colgate, Jr.
Kate Broderick, Holy Cross, Jr.
Beth Charron, Holy Cross, Jr.
Jackie Ogden, Lehigh, Jr.
Theresa Saxton-Fox, MIT, Jr.
Allison Simi, MIT, Jr.
Jacqueline Penichet, Navy, So.