Weiss Wins Elite 88 Award for NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Championship

Sacramento, Calif. – Brown senior rower Petra Weiss (Barrington, R.I.), is the recipient of the Elite 88 award for the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championship. Weiss and her teammates will aim for the University's seventh National Championship as competition for the 2011 title begins tomorrow morning.

Weiss, an economics concentrator, currently carries a 3.961 GPA. The senior was presented with the award during the crew championship banquet on the campus of Sacramento State on Thursday evening in Sacramento, Calif.

The Elite 88, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 88 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships. 

Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.

For more information on the Elite 88 award winners, log on to NCAA.com/elite88.