Local Grad Rows to National Honor

Courtesy photo &nbsp&nbsp The Worcestor Polytechnic Institute women’s varsity rowing team competed at the Henley Regatta in Henley-on-Thames, England, during the 2017 season.

Local Grad Rows to National Honor

The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) recently recognized Alameda alum and Wrocester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) atendee Christine Hovermale for her achievments in academics and athletics.

Hovermale’s team was led by three-time selections Eva Barinelli and Madeline Burke and 2019 NCAA Elite 90 honoree Sarah St. Pierre. The association recognized a total of 10 WPI women’s rowers as National Scholar-Athletes for their work on the lake and in the classroom.

In addition to Barinelli, WPI’s Varsity 8 boasted repeat selections in fellow co-captain Marlies de Jong, as well as coxswain Madison Healey and Hovermale. Amelia Harvey also earned her first accolade.
Burke, the second WPI Varsity 8 coxswain, and St. Pierre, who returned to the list, were joined by back-to-back honorees in Josephine Bowen and Olivia Kiristis and Ally Sichler who was feted for the first time.

After an undefeated regular season and a No. 1 ranking for three weeks, WPI’s Varsity 8 won the NEWMAC Championship, was second at the New England Rowing Championships and, using an alternate lineup, placed third at the National Invitational Rowing Championship before taking second at the NCAA Division III Championships. 

National Scholar-Athletes must have met all eligibility rules as defined by the institution, had a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher through the fall semester for the current competition year. 

The honor must come in the second, third or fourth year of eligibility, after rowing in an institution’s NCAA or Intercollegiate Rowing Association-eligible boat(s) for a minimum of 75 percent of the current spring races or in a regional conference event. The head coach must be a member in good standing of the CRCA as of May 1.