Western’s Northey wins national honor

  • Thu May 24th, 2012 9:53pm
  • Sports

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WEST WINDSOR, N.J. — Western Washington University’s Megan Northey, a senior from Brier and a graduate of King’s High School, is the recipient of the 2012 NCAA Division II Women’s Rowing Championship’s Elite 89 award.

The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, honors student-athletes who have reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in their sports while also achieving the highest academic standard among their peers. The award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating in the finals for each of the NCAA’s championships.

Northey is majoring in kinesiology and currently carries a 3.92 grade point average. She was presented the award at the rowing championship banquet Thursday evening.

She is the first WWU student-athlete to receive the Elite 89 award.

It is the fourth trip to crew nationals for Northey, the Vikings’ team captain and No. 7 seat in the WWU eight shell. Earlier this week, she was named a first-team Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/NCAA II Pocock All-America and CRCA National Scholar-Athlete. Northey also is on the ballot for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors after being a first-team All-District 8 At-Large honoree.