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Brown's Weiss Wins NCAA Elite 88 Award in Women's Rowing

Courtesy of Brown Sports Information

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Brown senior rower Petra Weiss is the recipient of the Elite 88 award for the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Rowing Championships.

Weiss and her teammates will aim for Brown's seventh NCAA title as competition for the 2011 championships begin Friday morning on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif.

Weiss, an economics concentrator, currently carries a 3.961 grade point average. The Barrington, R.I., native was presented with the award during the crew championship banquet on the campus of Sacramento State University 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.

Weiss becomes the third Ivy League student-athlete to receive the honor, following Columbia's Jeff Spear in 2010 and Harvard's Noam Mills earlier this year, each earning the award in fencing.

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