Four Vikings Named CRCA Scholar Athletes

June 5, 2017

2017 CRCA Scholar Athletes

Four members of the national champion Western Washington University women’s rowing team have been selected as Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Scholar Athletes for the 2017 season.

Molly Ware (Sr., Olympia, WA), Emily Bartlett (Sr., Broadlands, VA) and Karisa Stapp (Jr., Bellingham, WA/Mount Baker) were repeat selections to the team, while coxswain Madison Moelhman (Vancouver, WA/Vancouver School of Arts and Academics/Mills College) was a first-time selection as a National Scholar Athlete.

To earn CRCA National Scholar Athlete status, a rowing student-athlete must carry at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher for her career (through the fall semester/quarter) for the current competition year. The student-athlete must also be in her second, third or fourth year of eligibility and rowed in her institution’s NCAA eligible boat(s) for a minimum of 75% of the season’s races.

2017 CRCA National Scholar Athletes





Hometown (Previous School)

Emily Bartlett


Industrial Design & Art Studio


Broadlands, VA (Thomas Jefferson S&T)

Madison Moelhman


Manufacturing Engineering


Vancouver, WA (VSAA/Mills College)

Karisa Stapp




Bellingham, WA (Mount Baker HS)

Molly Ware




Olympia, WA (Olympia HS)

Stapp continued to add to her collection of academic awards, as she was also a repeat winner of the WWU Female Scholar Athlete of the Year award. She was also named to the CoSIDA District 8 All-District Academic At-Large team and is a candidate for Academic All-America honors. The junior was a mainstay in the Varsity 8+ crew that finished runner-up at the NCAA II Championships. In addition to her rowing and academic success, Stapp is also an intern with the Bellingham Police Department as she has an interest in a future in law enforcement and has taken up competitive mixed martial arts.

Bartlett was selected as a CRCA National Scholar Athlete for the third time in her career. The graduating senior has a 3.68 GPA as a double major in industrial design and art studio and will also be receiving minors in sustainable design and Spanish. She was the project lead on a team of electrical engineering, business, chemistry, and industrial design students from WWU that developed a luminescent solar concentrator glass pane to win a competition at the 2017  Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge hosted by the Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. Bartlett if a four-year letterwinner for the Vikings where she rowed in the Varsity 8+ all four years of her WWU career.

Moelhman is in her first year at Western after transferring from Mills College. The junior carries a 3.52 GPA as she pursues her degree in manufacturing engineering. She is a member the WWU Formula SAE club (Society of Automotive Engineers) that designs, builds and races small formula racing cards in competitions. In her first year with the Vikings, Moelhman was the coxswain for the NCAA Division II champion Fours that won the Grand Final by over 15 seconds.

Ware is also a three-time selection as a CRCA Scholar Athlete holding a 3.69 GPA as a biology major. Ware was a versatile member of WWU’s national championship run sitting in the stroke seat in the Fours early in the season, then moving to the Eights for the WIRA and NCAA Championships.

The WWU rowing program has had at least four student-athletes selected as CRCA Scholar Athletes every year since 2013.

The Vikings won their eighth national championship with a one-point victory over Central Oklahoma, 17-16, at the NCAA Rowing Championships May 26-28 on Lake Mercer in West Windsor, New Jersey. It was the first title since a seven-year streak from 2005-2011. The elite program has competed in the NCAA Championships in 16 of the 17 years of the event, and placed first or second in the Division II regatta in 11 of the 17 championships.

With the national title, WWU ended the season as the top-ranked team in the nation in the final CRCA/US Rowing poll:


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