12 from Women's Rowing Recognized as National Scholar-Athletes by CRCA

CRCA Scholar Athletes - WPI Women's Rowing 2022

WORCESTER -- 12 WPI women's rowers earned National Scholar-Athletes distinction for their work on the lake and in the classroom by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). 

The NCAA Division III national champion varsity eight boasted eight honorees including Alexandra Heline (Hebron, CT), Megan Tupaj (Amherst, NH), Ashley Schuliger (Lewis Center, OH), Caitlin Kean (Shrewsbury, MA), Emily Adams (East Greenwich, RI), Lilly Earley (Candia, NH), Maren Cork (Seattle, WA), and coxswain Logan Rinaldi (Rumford, RI).  It the second major award in as many months for Schuliger, who recognized as the NCAA Elite 90 Award honoree 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. 

The varsity eight dominated the grand final at the NCAA Division III Championships, winning from start to finish, and in the process became WPI's first women's NCAA champion and joined Eric Meerbach '87 (1986 NCAA Division III Men's Golf) as the only NCAA champions in school history.  The boat entered the weekend ranked fourth nationally and defeated top-ranked Bates in winning its Friday heat before capturing the national title the following day over the Bombers and New England rivals Wellesley, Bates, Williams and Tufts. 

The second varsity eight aw three rowers named National Scholar-Athletes including Alexa Freglette (Staten Island, NY), Eliza Smith (Beacon Falls, CT) and Lexi Baker (Needham, MA).  At the NCAA Division III championships, the 2V logged a fifth-place finish in the grand final en route to helping the team earn a top three podium finish. 

As team, WPI placed third at the NCAA Championships giving the Crimson and Gray its third top-three finish in the last five years (Second in 2019, Third in 2018).  The Engineers, under the tutelage of Hall of Fame coach Jason Steele, carried that momentum into last month's Henley Women's Regatta, posting their best ever showing at the iconic event.   

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. 

CRCA Release