June 6, 2013
McLEAN, Va. - Washington State University rower Katie Dick has been named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Women's At-Large Second Team, as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the organization announced Thursday. She becomes the first Cougar rower to earn Academic All-America honors.
A native of Victoria, British Columbia, Dick has a 3.98 grade point average and graduated with a degree in Philosophy in May. Dick was has been named to a CoSIDA Academic All-District Team the past three seasons, including first team honors in 2012 and 2013. This season marks the first time she's been named to an All-America team. Dick has earned Pac-12 All-Academic First Team honors each of the last four seasons and is a two-time CRCA (Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association) Scholar-Athlete.
Dick just finished her third full season in the varsity boat, and was a five-year member of the WSU rowing program. This season Dick has competed in the varsity eight boat, leading her crew to a victory over then-15th ranked Wisconsin at the San Diego Crew Classic and wins over Oregon State and Gonzaga in dual action. The varsity eight crew placed 14th at the NCAA Championships, two spots better than its seed heading into the championships. As a whole, the Cougar team placed 14th of the 22 teams at the championships.
Dick is the first Cougar rower to be named to any of the three Academic All-America teams and just WSU's 18th female student-athlete to pick up the honors. She is the first Cougar female to be named to the first or second team since Ellannee Richardson was named to the women's track and field/cross country second team in 2003.
The women's at-large category includes student-athletes participating in bowling, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, rowing, skiing, swimming, tennis and water polo. Elizabeth Beisel, a swimmer at the University of Florida was chosen as the Women's At-Large Academic All-American of the Year. The Academic All-Americans are broken down into three teams of 15 female student-athletes, with an Academic All-American of the Year also being chosen.