Seven Student-Athletes to be Initiated into Phi Beta Kappa

Seven Student-Athletes to be Initiated into Phi Beta Kappa

CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- Seven Washington College varsity student-athletes will be initiated into the Phi Beta Kappa Society - the nation's oldest and most widely-known Academic Honor Society - Tuesday, February 25th. 

The defending Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Champion women's rowing team has two student-athletes being initiated, senior rower Emily Sahadeo (College Park, Md./Elizabeth Seton) and senior coxswain Abby Thomas (Hughesville, Md./Thomas Stone). Senior defender Meredith Callis (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) of the women's lacrosse team, senior right-side hitter Emily Hoyle (Santa Rita, Guam/Guam) of the volleyball team, senior coxswain Chris Moylan (Silver Spring, Md./DeMatha) of the defending MARC Champion men's rowing team, senior Joel Novick (Cape May Court House, N.J./Middle Township) of the men's tennis team, and senior Carly Ogren (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock) of the women's swimming team are also being initiated.

Sahadeo, a Chemistry major, is a two-time member of the MARC Academic All-Conference Team and a two-time College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Scholar-Athlete. She rowed in the Shorewomen's second varsity eight at last spring's NCAA Division III Championships.

Thomas, a Biology major, is also a two-time member of the MARC Academic All-Conference Team and a two-time College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Scholar-Athlete. A team captain, she was the coxswain of the Shorewomen's second varsity eight at last spring's NCAA Division III Championships. Thomas and Sahadeo are slated to open their spring 2014 racing schedule with a home regatta against Mount Holyoke March 22nd.

Callis, a Psychology major, is a two-time Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll qualifier. A team captain, she has started every game of her collegiate career thus far for the Shorewomen laxers. She will begin her senior season March 1st when the Shorewomen travel to Rowan for a non-conference game.

Hoyle, a Political Science and Philosophy double major, qualified for the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll three times during her collegiate playing career. She was also named to the 2011 Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship Team. She finished off her playing career in the fall by helping the Shorewomen to a 19-9 record, their best mark since 1977.

Moylan, a Psychology major, is a two-time member of the MARC Academic All-Conference Team. Last spring, he was the coxswain of the Shoremen's varsity four at the MARC Championships, and led that boat to a first-place finish among MARC teams, helping the team win the overall conference championship. The men's rowing team is slated to open its spring season with a regatta in Sarasota, Fla., March 15th. 

Novick, a Political Science major, is a two-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete and qualified for the 2013 Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll. A team captain, he was named the Shoremen's Most Valuable Player and was the male recipient of the College's Elizabeth "Bo" Blanchard Memorial Sportsmanship Award last spring. He was also named to the 2012 Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship Team. Novick and his teammates will play their first dual match of the spring March 1st at home against Goucher.

Ogren, a Business Management major, is a two-time Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll qualifier. A team captain, she is a member of two school-record relay teams and ranks among the Shorewomen's top ten all-time fastest swimmers in two individual events. She has also won two medals in relay events at past Centennial Conference Championship meets. Ogren will compete in her final collegiate meet this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, when she swims at the 2014 Centennial Conference Championships at Franklin & Marshall.

This year's seven new initiate student-athletes bring the total number of Washington College varsity student-athletes initiated into Phi Beta Kappa to 40 since the first initiation class in 2007. Three current athletics staff members werenitiated into Phi Beta Kappa at their undegraduate institutions - head sailing coach Conner Blouin (initiated at Washington College, 2010), assistant women's rowing coach Caren Saunders (initiated at the University of Virginia, 1995), and Assistant to the Athletic Director for Communications and Academic Support Phil Ticknor (initiated at Goucher College, 2001).