WORCESTER -- The WPI trio of Christine Hovermale (Alameda, CA), Kinsey McNamara (Chelmsford, MA) and Jasmine Loukola (Wells, ME) (pictured below) were named first team All-NEWMAC as the Engineers were second overall at the NEWMAC Women's Rowing Championships hosted Saturday by Clark on Lake Quinsigamond.
The Crimson and Gray saw their third varsity eight win its race and the varsity eight and second varsity eight place second in their respective races. Wellesley earned victories in the first, second and fourth varsity eight races to claim the program's seventh-consecutive NEWMAC championship.
With the victory, defending NCAA National Champion Wellesley earns the NEWMAC's automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Division III Rowing Championships on Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J., where Blue Crew will make the program's eighth-straight trip to the national championships.
Wellesley also earned the Florence Jope Smith Cup, awarded annually to the school with the highest number of points from the overall results at the NEWMAC Championship. Wellesley, who has now won the overall points award for seven straight years, finished first with 36 points. The Blue were followed by WPI in second with 30 points. Smith College (20) was third, followed by Mount Holyoke College (14) in fourth, Simmons (12) in third, and Clark and Coast Guard (6).
Wellesley opened the morning with a victory in the fourth varsity eight race, defeating Smith. WPI followed by winning the third varsity race with a time of 7:28.2, defeating Wellesley (7:33) by 4.8 seconds. Smith followed in third (8:15.5). The Blue rebounded in the second varsity race, winning by 10.9 seconds over second place WPI with a time of 7:17.8. WPI finished in 7:28.7, followed by Simmons (7:54.3) in third. The Blue then captured the title with a dominate performance in the first varsity race, winning by 12.4 seconds with a time of 7:00.9. WPI was second (7:13.3), while Smith took third (7:20.0).
Wellesley senior Kathryn Barth (Bellevue, WA) was named the 2017 NEWMAC Rower of the Year, earning the award for the second time in her career (2015). Junior Stephaine Kim (Wellesley, MA) earned the 2017 NEWMAC Coxswain of the Year award for the third time in three career appearances at the NEWMAC Championships.
Hovermale, McNamara, Loukola, Barth and Kim were joined on the NEWMAC All-Conference first team by Wellesley's Olivia Duggan (West Newbury, MA) and Ali Rondeau (Ocala, FL), as well as Olivia Shaw (Wayland, MA) and Nomfuneko Mafunda (Jwaneng, Botswana) of Smith.
The NEWMAC All-Conference second team was made up of WPI coxswain Madison Healey (Atkinson, NH), as well as Lydia Warters (Simsbury, CT) and Halley Glier (Shelburne, MA) from Clark, Marissa Marsh (Vienna, Va.) and Alyssa Laystrom (Lake Zurich, IL) from Coast Guard, Azulina Green (Austin, TX) and Ariya Lawson (Washington, DC) of Mount Holyoke and Alex Frongillo (Franklin, MA) and Kate Krawczuk (Harrisburg, PA) from Simmons.
WPI is back on the water next weekend, competing in the New England Championships on Lake Quinsigamond on Saturday.
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NEWMAC All-Conference First Team Members
Madison Healey (Atkinson, NH) - Coxswain
Gina Gonzalez-Roundey (Berkeley, CA)
Christine Hovermale (Almeda, CA)
Jasmine Loukola (Wells, ME)
Sarah Wutka (North Granby, CT)
Marlies de Jong (Huntington Beach, CA)
Kinsey McNamara (Chelmsford, MA)
Eva Barinelli (Tewksbury, MA)
Emily Richardson (Portland, OR)
Second Varsity Eight
Madeline Burke (Verona, NJ) - Coxswain
Rachel Lia (South Burlington, VT)
Rachel Peterson (Hastings, MN)
Kylie Dickinson (Meredith, NH)
Abigail Sawyer (Uxbridge, MA)
Victoria Loehle (Morganville, NJ)
Audrey Allen (Topsfield, MA)
Diana Celaj (Worcester, MA)
Sarah St. Pierre (Maynard, MA)
Third Varsity Eight
Jacqueline Forson (Worcester, MA) - Coxswain
Brianna Owen (Harleysville, PA)
Liz Graveline (Litchfield, NH)
Olivia Kiristis (Upton, MA)
Huda Gad (Cairo, Egypt)
Allison Sichler (Reading, PA)
Zulean Cruz-Diaz (McAller, TX)
Julia Pershken (Albion, ME)
Josephine Bowen (Lunenburg, MA)