-- Temple women's rowing student-athletes Allie Nussbaum
and Ciara O'Sullivan
were honored for their achievements both on the water and in the classroom, as two of nine named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team. The team is nominated and voted on by the sports information offices of 30 area institutions from the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
Nussbaum, an early childhood education major, was the coxswain for Temple's highly touted second varsity eight boat. She helped her crew to a ranking as high as eight in the Sprints poll, as the boat won gold at both the Murphy and Kelly Cups, and a bronze medal at the American Athletic Conference Championships. Nussbaum tied for the highest cumulative GPA of all Temple student-athletes, earning her a Trustee Ten Award. She also completed her student teaching while a member of the team.
O'Sullivan, a sociology major, sat seven seat in Temple's top boat all season. She led her crew to silver medals at both the Kelly Cup and Murphy Cup Regattas. Her boat's fourth place finish at the American Athletic Conference Championships helped Temple to take third as a team, to tie the program's best-ever finish at the event. O'Sullivan was also a member of Temple's Trustee Ten, as one of the 10 highest student-athlete GPAs.
Both Nussbaum and O'Sullivan are juniors making their first appearances on the Academic All-Area team.
In order to be eligible for Academic All-Area honors, an athlete must be in at least his or her second year at the institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or better.