WORCESTER --- WPI softball senior Lindsay Ambrosino (Chelmsford, MA) women's rowing senior Ashley Schuliger (Lewis Center, OH) and track and field senior Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA) were selected as the NCAA Elite 90 Award recipients this weekend.
The honor is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the final site of each of the NCAA's 90 championships. Three senior Engineers among their respective programs in as many days were recognized as the NCAA Elite 90 Award winners all computing a 4.0 GPA marking the third through fifth student-athletes to earn such honor at WPI.
On Thursday, Ambrosino was announced as the award winner for the NCAA Softball Tournament Championship prior to the first pitch at Moyer Park in Salem, Virginia. The senior shortstop calculated a 4.0 GPA as an electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering double major. The Crimson and Gray earned a spot in the championship final for the first time in program history after besting Tufts in the Worcester Super Regional.
One day later, Schuliger was announced as the prestigious award recipient for recording a 4.0 GPA in computer science with a minor in data science at the NCAA Division III Rowing Championships held at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida. The varsity eight were named the first WPI national champions in 36 years after finishing ahead of No. 1 Ithaca and besting the field by over two seconds.
At SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, Pawlak took the podium for the women's track and field NCAA Elite 90 award for owning a 4.0 GPA in mechanical engineering and a minor in robotics engineering. The senior qualified for the championships in the 100m and as a member of the women's 4x100 meter relay where she achieved All-American status as the Crimson and Gray collected a trio on Saturday to tie ninth as a team marking the program's highest-ever finish with 21 points and just five points from the top five.
Prior to this weekend, WPI's first two NCAA Elite 90 Award winners were Tim Petri of men's swimming and diving was WPI's first-ever student-athlete to win the award with a 4.0 GPA majoring in computer science in 2017, followed by women's rowing's Sarah St. Pierre who was the first female to garner the coveted award in 2019 with a 4.0 GPA in biomedical engineering.