AUSTIN, Texas -- Three members of The University of Texas Rowing -- seniors Courtney MacIntosh, Katey Porter and junior Whitney McMahon -- were honored by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) as National Scholar Athletes for the 2006 season. The award recognizes student-athletes with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher who competed in 75 percent of their team's 2006 spring races.
A total of 135 student-athletes from 50 different schools were honored for their academic efforts. The student-athletes must be upperclassmen (with 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year) in terms of eligibility to be considered.
Porter (Houston, Texas) is a three-time honoree by the CRCA and is an advertising major. An education/health and fitness major, MacIntosh (St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada) gets her second National Scholar recognition. McMahon's (Longview, Texas) an international business major, is a first-time recipient.
The first varsity eight's coxswain, Porter earned National Scholar Athlete recognition from the CRCA as a sophomore (2004) and a junior (2005).
MacIntosh also earned CRCA National Scholar Athlete honors in 2005 and was the stroke in the No. 8 seat in the same varsity eight shell as Porter. MacIntosh is currently training to earn a spot on the Canadian National Rowing team. She will compete at open team trials as a single on June 9-11 in London, Ontario.
At the UT Women's Athletics award banquet in April, MacIntosh was the co-recipient of the Lorene Rogers Scholar-Athlete Award, presented to the senior(s) with the highest overall grade-point average over four years. She carries a 3.7 GPA.
McMahon finished the season as the No. 4 rower on the second varsity eight boat. At the South/Central Regionals she and the second varsity eight captured the fifth-best time in the petite final and earned an 11th-place overall finish.
Texas wrapped up its 2006 schedule at the regional sprints - the qualifying meet prior to the NCAA National Championships. UT accumulated 136 points to finish 15th overall and seventh amongst all the South Region teams.