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Tewksbury Woman Earns CRCA National Scholar Athlete Honors

WPI Rowing

WORCESTER, MA -- Eva Barinelli was recently recognized for academics and athletics by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association.

Led by three-time selections Eva Barinelli and Madeline Burke, and 2019 NCAA Elite 90 honoree Sarah St. Pierre, 10 WPI women's rowers were recognized as National Scholar-Athletes for their work on the lake and in the classroom by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA).

In addition to Barinelli, the varsity eight boasted repeat selections in fellow co-captain Marlies de Jong, as well as, coxswain Madison Healey and Christine Hovermale. Amelia Harvey also earned her first accolade.
Burke, the second varsity eight 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, the varsity eight finished 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.

The second varsity eight, who also won its NEWMAC Championship race and earned silver at the NCAA regatta, went 28-4 in April and placed third at the NERC.

CRCA National Scholar-Athletes met all eligibility rules as defined by her institution, had a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher through the fall semester/quarter for the current competition year. was in her second, third or fourth year of eligibility, rowed in her institution's NCAA or IRA eligible boat(s) for a minimum of 75% of the current spring races or racing in a regional conference event and the head coach was a member in good standing of the CRCA as of May 1, 2019.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a global leader in project-based learning, is a distinctive, top-tier technological university founded in 1865 on the principle that students learn most effectively by applying the theory learned in the classroom to the practice of solving real-world problems. Recognized by the National Academy of Engineering with the 2016 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education, WPI's pioneering project-based curriculum engages undergraduates in solving important scientific, technological, and societal problems throughout their education and at more than 50 project centers around the world. WPI offers more than 50 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs across 14 academic departments in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts. Its faculty and students pursue groundbreaking research to meet ongoing challenges in health and biotechnology; robotics and the internetof things; advanced materials and manufacturing; cyber, data, and security systems; learning science; and more.
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