STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Alyssa Richardson Is Member of NEWMAC Champion Rowing Team At WPI

WORCESTER, MA — Alyssa Richardson, of Wilmington, is a member of the WPI women’s rowing team that captured its first NEWMAC (New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference) Championship.

The WPI women’s rowing varsity and second varsity eight won their races as the Engineers claimed the program’s first NEWMAC Championship on Saturday, April 26, 2019 on Lake Quinsigamond. In addition to snapping an eight-year reign by Wellesley, the Crimson and Gray earned an invitation to the NCAA Division III Championships May 31-June 1 in Indianapolis.

WPI (6:52.04), the No. 1 crew in Division III and in the NCAA Division III New England regional rankings, defeated No. 6 Wellesley (6:55.58) by 3.54 seconds in the varsity eight. No. 5 Smith (7:01.83), who was third in the regional rankings, was 9.79 behind the Blue to claim third. No. 15 Mount Holyoke (7:14.14) was followed by Clark (7:22.44), who is also receiving votes in the CRCA/USRowing poll, and Simmons (7:25.88).

In a photo finish, the Engineers edged Wellesley by .13 in the second varsity eight as WPI crossed the finish line in 7:13.286 and the Blue clocked a 7:13.416. Smith took third (7:26.642), followed by Coast Guard (7:44.766), Mount Holyoke (7:58.474) and Simmons (8:04.876).

Individually, Kinsey McNamara was selected as the NEWMAC Rower of the Year and Madison Healey was honored as the NEWMAC Coxswain of the Year. McNamara, a four time honoree, and Healey, who had been the second team coxswain in 2017 and 2018, were joined on the NEWMAC All-Conference first team by three-time honoree Christine Hovermale and co-captain Eva Barinelli.

Wellesley (7:35.99) won the third varsity eight by 8.116 over Smith (7:44.106) while WPI was third (8:05.357) and Simmons was fourth (8:31.155). The Blue also defeated the Engineers in a head-to-head fourth varsity eight by a 7:47.176-8:18.729 margin (31.553 seconds).

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

WPI, a global leader in project-based learning, is a distinctive, top-tier technological university founded in 1865 on the principle that students learn most effectively by applying the theory learned in the classroom to the practice of solving real-world problems. Recognized by the National Academy of Engineering with the 2016 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education, WPI’s pioneering project-based curriculum engages undergraduates in solving important scientific, technological, and societal problems throughout their education and at more than 50 project centers around the world. WPI offers more than 50 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs across 14 academic departments in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts. Its faculty and students pursue groundbreaking research to meet ongoing challenges in health and biotechnology; robotics and the internet of things; advanced materials and manufacturing; cyber, data, and security systems; learning science; and more.

(NOTE: The above announcement is from WPI via Merit.)

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