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Six Hurricanes Tabbed to All-ACC Academic Team

Six Hurricanes Tabbed to All-ACC Academic Team

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Six members of the University of Miami rowing team have earned All-ACC Academic Team status, as announced by the league Wednesday. This is the fifth time in program history that six-plus Hurricanes have been tabbed to the All-ACC Academic Team.

A trio of Hurricanes – Mackenzie Holmgren, Taylor Kuligowski and Abby Schwenger – earned their second-career All-ACC Academic Team nod, while three others – Laura Alcorn, Stephanie Ferrali and Maren Stickley – were first-time honorees.

Laura Alcorn

In her final season with the Hurricanes, Laura Alcorn excelled on the water and the in classroom. The Valley Forge, Pa., native posted a 3.875 GPA as a graduate student, pursuing a Master of Education in Counseling & Mental Health. Alcorn competed as a member of the 1V8 boat for the entirety of the 2022 season, rowing the 1V8 to its fastest time at the ACC Championship in program history.

Stephanie Ferrali

Stephanie Ferrali is a two-time member of the Miami President’s List (4.0 GPA) and has accumulated a 3.879 career GPA. She was a member of the varsity four boat that took home the bronze medal at the 2022 Head of the Charles Women’s Club Four Division. Ferrali raced every race as a member of the 1V8, recording one first-place showing and a trio of second-place finishes.

Mackenzie Holmgren

A two-time All-ACC Academic Team honoree, Mackenzie Holmgren is studying for a master’s degree in business analytics and recorded a 3.875 GPA in her first year as a graduate student. Holmgren is a five-time ACC Honor Roll member and has earned a spot on the AD’s Honor Roll (3.2+ GPA) every semester as a Hurricane. The Wilton, Conn., native worked her way into the 1V8 as the season progressed and was vital in helping Miami to a program-best fifth-place showing at the ACC Championship.

Taylor Kuligowski

Taylor Kuligowski, Miami’s second two-time All-ACC Academic Team selection, has one of the highest cumulative GPAs on the team, recording an impressive 3.902 through four years as a Hurricane. Kuligowski is a four-time member of the ACC Honor Roll and has posted a GPA of 3.5 or better in seven of eight completed semesters. On the water, Kuligowski rowed in the 1V8 for a majority of the season, including during the record-setting ACC Championship showing.

Abby Schwenger

One of two Miami coxswains to appear on the All-ACC Academic Team, Abby Schwenger was the epitome of a student-athlete during her four years as a Miami Hurricane. A double major in Elementary Education and Spanish, Schwenger boasted a perfect 4.0 GPA through her four years at Miami. She was not only tapped into ODK National Honor Society and Mortar Board Honor Society, but she was also named a 2022 ACC Postgraduate Scholarship recipient. In the boat, Schwenger coxed the 1V8 to its fastest time at the ACC Championship in program history.

Maren Stickley

Stickley, a four-time member of the ACC Honor Roll, made her first appearance on the All-ACC Academic Team this year after posting a 4.0 GPA in the spring and a 3.859 cumulative mark. Stickley is also an ODK and Mortar Board Honor Society inductee and has recorded a GPA of 3.5 or better in seven of eight semesters at Miami. The Egg Harbor Township, N.J., native primarily coxed the 1V4 during the 2021-22 season, steering the boat to one first-place finish and two second-place showings.

Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.