WORCESTER – Sarah St. Pierre (Maynard, MA), a recent graduate of WPI, is the recipient of the Elite 90 award for the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Rowing Championship.
St. Pierre, who majored in biomedical engineering with a 4.0 GPA, was presented with the award during the Championship Banquet on Thursday morning in Indianapolis. A member of this year's second varsity eight, St. Pierre is making her first appearance at the national regatta. She joins Men's Swimming & Diving's Tim Petri (2017) as WPI's only Elite 90 honorees.
The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships.
Michigan's Annika Hoffman and Central Oklahoma's Bailee Thomas were the Division I and II honorees, respectively.
Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.
For more information on the Elite 90 award winners, log on to NCAA.com/elite-90
"I wouldn't be here without rowing."— NCAA (@NCAA) June 24, 2019
2019 NCAA DIII rowing #Elite90 award winner Sarah St. Pierre credits her sport for her academic success. The @WPIAthletics alum graduated with her biomedical engineering degree in May and plans to apply to PhD programs in the fall. pic.twitter.com/TZQWnRuEQf