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Three Rowers Named CRCA National Scholar-Athletes


May 28, 2014

SAN DIEGO - Three rowers from San Diego State have been named a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Scholar-Athlete. Julia Brockherde, Ciara Estrada and Hillary Lupo each earned the award, marking the highest number of SDSU student-athletes named to the list since 2009.

Brockherde is a two-time Aztec scholar athlete, was named to the Conference USA Honor Roll and also a received the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal. The Duisburg, Germany native is a foods and nutrition major at SDSU and has competed as a member of the varsity eight crew for the Aztecs for the entire 2013-14 campaign.

Estrada, a three-time San Diego State scholar athlete, is also a member of the Conference USA Honor Roll for the 2013-14 season. The Aztec senior rowed with the varsity eight, second varsity and varsity four this competition year. Estrada is a criminal justice major.

Lupo was another Aztec rower named to the C-USA Honor Roll earlier this year and is a four-time SDSU scholar athlete. The Sonora, Calif., native was selected as the Outstanding Graduate in Advertising for the School of Journalism and Media Studies. Lupo was a member of the varsity eight crew this season and is majoring in journalism and media studies.

To be eligible for the CRCA award the student-athlete must have at most three years of eligibility remaining, rowed in her institution's NCAA eligible boat(s) for a minimum of 75 percent of the current spring races or racing in a regional conference event, met all eligibility rules as defined be her institution and has held a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher for her career.