WORCESTER – Sophomore Christine Hovermale (Alameda, CA) and junior Marlies de Jong (Huntington Beach, CA) have been recognized by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) as 2018 Pocock Division III All-Americans. Hovermale was named to the first team while de Jong was selected as a second team honoree.
Hovermale and de Jong had already been named All-NEWMAC First Team selections following a second-place finish at the April 28 regatta. The duo, along with the rest of the nationally-ranked varsity eight, went on to take second at the New England Championships and third at the National Invitational Rowing Championships en route to the program's first NCAA selection. The group then earned bronze as a boat, and as a team, on the national stage.
The pair also earned NEWMAC Academic All-Conference accolades, as well as NERC All-Scholar and CRCA Scholar Athlete laurels. Both the conference and coaches association awards require a 3.5 GPA or better.
Previous WPI honorees include Jessica McAlear '04 (2004 first team), Corre Steele '15 (2013 second team) and Brooke Cotta '14 (2014 second team).
Nominees must have met all eligibility rules as defined by her institution, rowed at least 75% of the season's races in the varsity boat, be nominated by her institution, and the Head Coach of the student-athlete's institution must be a member in good standing of the CRCA. Criteria considered for All-America selection include: boat performance, nomination rank, coach's comments, individual achievements, and 2k erg score.