Kara Witherill, Women's Rowing, Colby College
Colby College's Kara Witherill capped off an award-winning senior year by being named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Division III All-America Second Team.
The Readfield, Maine native was the most decorated senior student-athlete in the 2014-15 academic year. She already was named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Second Team. Witherill also earned academic honors and school honors.
“(All-American) is an incredible recognition for me, yet, it takes eight people to row a boat and one to steer it, and I could not have achieved this success without the hard work and dedication of my teammates and the unwavering support of our coaches,” Witherill said. “Being a member of Colby crew was one of the best parts of my Colby experience and I’m truly thankful to everyone who made it so.”
At the Colby senior athletic awards ceremony, Witherill was honored with the Patty Valavanis Award for academic and athletic excellence along with personal leadership and sportsmanship. The Valavanis Award is the lone honor to be handed out at the athletics awards ceremony and Colby's senior event.
Witherill has earned academic honors from the CRCA, the ECAC, and the NESCAC. She also was awarded a Fulbright English teaching assistant position in Germany for the next academic year.
A senior captain this spring, Witherill rowed from the seventh spot on the varsity 8. She helped the Mules to higher placings than last year in the New England Rowing Championships and the ECAC National Invitational Regatta.
“We are very proud of Kara and this award is a great recognition of the dedication to her teammates and leadership she’s shown over her time with Colby women’s crew,” Colby head coach Stew Stokes said. “This year she earned spots on our team’s record board for her fitness, was selected to Phi Beta Kappa, and helped lead the team to their best results in her time here. Most importantly, she lived our core values of honesty, accountability, respect, humility and hard work every day and she did what we want all our student-athletes to do, she “left it better than she found it.”