KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island's women's rowing team has seven members named 2019 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar-Athletes.
Seniors Mekenzie Mattheson, Karen Petrik and Allie Reilly; juniors Emily Winslow and Brenna Kelly and sophomores Erin Shober and Katie Usher all earned the honor. They were among 491 Division I rowers in the country to be recognized.
For Mattheson, Petrik and Allie Reilly, it was the third time making the list. Winslow was honored for the second straight season.
In order to qualify, the student-athletes must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or better through the fall semester/quarter of her current competition year. Each athlete also had to meet the following qualifications:
- The student-athlete has met all eligibility rules as defined by her institution
- The student-athlete was in her second, third, or fourth year of eligibility
- The student-athlete rowed in her institution's NCAA or IRA eligible boat(s) for a minimum of 75% of the current spring races or racing in a regional conference event
- The head coach of the student-athletes' institution was a member in good standing of the CRCA as of May 1, 2019
All seven women were significant contributors to Rhode Island's second straight Atlantic 10 title and trip to the NCAA Championship.