Khounani and Kim Earn All-America Accolades, Wagner and Zaleski Named National Scholar-Athletes
LA JOLLA, Calif. – Four student-athletes of the University of California San Diego women’s rowing team have earned postseason accolades from the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). Tonya Khounani was named to the Division II Pocock All-America First Team while Juni Kim received All-America Second Team honors. Additionally, Madeleine Wagner and Alana Zaleski were both named CRCA National Scholar-Athletes.
Khounani closes her Triton career with her first All-America award. The El Dorado Hills native rowed in the Varsity 8 boat all four years and helped the Tritons to back-to-back-to-back NCAA Championships appearances, including a runner-up finish in 2018. In her final year, Khounani was named to the All-WIRA First Team as she helped her crew earn second place at the WIRA Championships. Khounani also was tabbed the team’s Varsity MVP.
Kim earns her second All-America honor of her career, as she also was named to the CRCA All-America Second Team as a freshman. The sophomore is one of just two coxswains in Division II to earn All-America recognition this year. Throughout the season, Kim guided the Varsity 8 crew to a first-place finish at the Berg Cup, as well as runner-up finishes at the WIRA Championships and Dad Vail Regatta. The Varsity 8 finished the season with another appearance at the NCAA Championships.
Wagner, of the Varsity 4 boat, and Zaleski, of the Varsity 8 boat, both capture their first National Scholar-Athlete awards of their careers. In order to qualify as a National Scholar-Athlete, a student-athlete must be in her second, third, or fourth year of eligibility, have rowed in at least 75% of the spring races for her institution’s NCAA eligible boat, and hold a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Wagner recently graduated with a degree in Physiology and Neuroscience. The Petaluma native was also recognized for her academic achievements earlier this year, as she was a UC San Diego Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award winner. Wagner helped the Varsity 4 crew to a successful season, including a victory in the petite final at the NCAA Championships.
Zaleski graduated this year with a Cognitive Science degree, with a specialization in Neuroscience. Like Khounani, Zaleski spent all four years in the Varsity 8 boat and competed at three-consecutive NCAA Championships. This year, the Nicasio native garnered All-WIRA First Team honors for her crew’s runner-up finish at the WIRA Championships.
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