WORCESTER --- WPI women's rower Christine Hovermale (Alameda, CA) was selected as an At-Large Academic All-America as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). It is the fifth Academic All-American accolade all-time for the women's rowing program and head coach Jason Steele. The recent graduate was named to the third team.
The at-large category for women's sports includes Beach Volleyball, Bowling, Rowing, Fencing, Field Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rifle, Skiing, Swimming and Diving, Tennis and Water Polo. Hovermale was the only rower nationwide of the 45 women to named at-large Academic All-America.
Hovermale is WPI's women's rowing first CoSIDA Academic All-America in six years and joins WPI Athletics Hall of Famer Jessica McAlear (2001-02) and three-time recipient Corre Steele (2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15) as Crimson and Gray award winners.
Wednesday was a significant day for WPI as Hovermale and wrestler Tyler Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) became the 53rd and 54th different Engineers to be named Co-SIDA Academic All-Americas for the 79th and 80th different occasions. The duo joins women's soccer's Mandy St. Germain (Upton, MA), football's Lou Duh (Monroe, CT) and softball's Caraline Wood (Averill Park, NY) as earning the honor during the 2019-2020 academic year.
Hovermale provided power in the middle of the boat for the Crimson and Gray. She was a 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 CRCA All-America and a three-time first team All-NEWMAC. The senior was a member of 2019 NEWMAC Champion, 2018 NCAA Division III bronze medalist, 2019 NCAA Division III NCAA silver medalist teams and a rowed on WPI's 2019 Head of the Charles bronze medal boat.
The recent graduate touts a 3.90 GPA as an actuarial mathematics major. Her IQP project was titled "Managing Flood Risk in the Shkodër Region through Ecosystem-based Adaptations" in Albania. Hovermale was a two-time CRCA National Division III Scholar Athlete.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at her current institution, must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at the position listed on the nomination form (where applicable), completed one full calendar year at her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.