WORCESTER – Recent WPI graduate Kinsey McNamara (Chelmsford, MA) and rising senior Christine Hovermale (Alameda, CA) have been named as 2019 Pocock Division III All-Americans by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). McNamara, the NEWMAC Rower of the Year, was named to the first team while Hovermale, a first teamer a year ago, was selected to the second team.
In addition to being the first in program history to earn more than one CRCA All-America nod, Hovermale is also a repeat CRCA Scholar Athlete and NEWMAC Academic All-Conference performer. McNamara, meanwhile, has been busy as the lone Division III representative at the USRowing Under 23 Women's National Team Selection Camp.
The duo has been a mainstay in the nationally-ranked varsity eight that captured the program's first NEWMAC Championship and went on to collect silver medals at the 2019 NCAA Division III Rowing Championships. The pair also earned bronze in the program's first NCAA appearance a year ago.
In all, the varsity eight was 33-0 in the spring regular season, including an upset of eventual national champion Bates, and was ranked No. 1 for three weeks. The runner up at the New England Rowing Championships went on to finish 59-4 overall and 22-4 versus fellow NCAA championship participants.
During the fall season, the Engineers were third at the Head of the Charles, behind Bates and Williams, with the only other defeat by Division I Connecticut at the Head of the Riverfront. Of the three, only the Bobcats made the trek to Indianapolis.
Previous WPI honorees include Jessica McAlear '04 (2004 first team), Corre Steele '15 (2013 second team), Brooke Cotta '14 (2014 second team), and Marlies de Jong (2018 second team).
Honorees must meet all eligibility rules as defined by her institution: the student-athlete must have participated in at least 75% of all races during the current season (all races before and including May 20, 2019), must have rowed at least 75% of the season's races in the varsity boat (all race before and including May 20, 2019), must be nominated by her institution, and the head coach of the must be a member in good standing of the CRCA.