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Two Stanford Sailors Honored As Academic All-American
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 10/07/2008

Oct. 7, 2008

Norfolk, Va. - Two Stanford Cardinal sailing team members earned the highest award given to the student-athlete by the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association. Carrie Denning and Kelly McKenna met all the criteria to be deemed members of the 2008 All-Academic Sailing Team. Having been awarded only three years, Stanford has now managed to place at least one team member to each elite twenty-person list.

Carrie Denning

The accolades recognize both classroom and on-the-water success. "Selection acknowledges an emphasis on academic achievement," said ICSA President, Mitch Brindley. "These individuals have met a certain balance between sailing on a competitive team and academic excellence." Denning and McKenna certainly struck that balance last year. Both players made major contributions to the team in competition while earning high marks in their studies. Denning majored in history and maintained a 3.70 GPA while also starting as a crew in most coed events throughout her senior year. Denning also wrote a thesis last year, and is now co-terming at Stanford to earn a masters in history. McKenna, now the team captain, is also a history major with a 3.63 GPA at the end of last year. McKenna crewed in many women's and coed events last year, also earning her All-American crew status.

These selections are emblematic of the drive and motivation of the Stanford sailing team. Not only were these two able to make major contributions to their team, but they also were able to maintain a high level of success in the classroom. Stanford certainly will look to continue to place team members on this competitive list in years to come.

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