Navy's Penichet named 2013 Patriot League Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the Year



May 29, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Navy senior Jacqueline Penichet was selected as the 2013 Patriot League Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Wednesday, while also being one of 11 student-athletes named to the 2013 Academic All-Patriot League Team.

Bucknell led the way with three student-athletes named to the Academic All-League Team, and Colgate, Lehigh and Massachusetts Institute of Technology each had two. Holy Cross and Navy both had single selections.

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

Penichet, the coxswain of Navy’s varsity four boat that finished second and helped the Mids win their second Patriot League title, had a 3.79 cumulative grade-point average as a systems engineering major. Penichet is the fourth rower from Navy to win the award and first since 2009. She was named to the Superintendent’s and Commandant’s Lists in both semesters as a senior and in seven of her eight semesters during her collegiate career. She joins Colgate junior Natalie Bauman and MIT junior Erin Meyer as the League’s first three-time Academic All-League selections in rowing.

Bauman (economics, 3.81 GPA) was accompanied by teammate Anna Bivins, a senior with a 3.83 GPA in religion.

Meyer, a mechanical engineering major, was the lone member of the Academic All-League Team to have a 4.00 GPA. Senior teammate Jean Sack, also a mechanical engineering major, posted a 3.60 GPA.

Senior Ashley Rooney led Bucknell’s trio of selections with a 3.97 GPA in history, while senior Julia Steen had a 3.81 GPA in chemical engineering and senior Emily Gladstone had a 3.69 GPA in civil engineering.

Lehigh was led by junior Leah Paulson, who had a 3.88 GPA in global studies and Spanish. Sophomore teammate Corey Johnson had a 3.85 GPA in engineering.

Holy Cross senior Michele Grenier rounded out the team with a 3.63 GPA in English.

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 Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Jacqueline Penichet, Navy, Sr., Systems Engineering, 3.79 GPA

Rowing Academic All-Patriot League Team
Emily Gladstone, Bucknell, Sr., Civil Engineering, 3.69 GPA
Ashley Rooney, Bucknell, Sr., History, 3.97 GPA
Julia Steen, Bucknell, Sr., Chemical Engineering, 3.81 GPA
Natalie Bauman, Colgate, Sr., Economics, 3.81 GPA
Anna Bivins, Colgate, Sr., Religion, 3.83 GPA
Michele Grenier, Holy Cross, Sr., English, 3.63 GPA
Corey Johnson, Lehigh, So., Engineering, 3.85 GPA
Leah Paulson, Lehigh, Jr., Global Studies & Spanish, 3.88 GPA
Erin Meyer, MIT, Jr., Mechanical Engineering, 4.00 GPA
Jean Sack, MIT, Sr., Mechanical Engineering, 3.60 GPA
Jacqueline Penichet, Navy, Sr., Systems Engineering, 3.79 GPA