July 7, 2014
CENTERVILLE, Mass. - Eight members of the Navy heavyweight rowing team were named to the second-annual Intercollegiate Rowing Association’s All-Academic Team, it was announced by the Eastern College Athletic Conference recently. Rising seniors Luke Aleksandravicius, Brandon Karpf, Patrick McDonald, Keefe Rafferty and Ethan Scully were joined on the team by rising juniors Chris Lent, Mike Hamp and Tim Tracey as honorees.
To qualify for the All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.35 or better, be at least a sophomore at their respective institution and be a varsity letterwinner.
Aleksandravicius (operations research, 3.73 GPA), Karpf (systems engineering honors, 4.00 GPA) and Rafferty (oceanography, 3.51 GPA) led the group of Mids who garnered this award as two-time honorees. Lent (mechanical engineering, 3.51 GPA), Scully (mechanical engineering, 3.92 GPA), Hamp (mechanical engineering, 3.88 GPA), McDonald (quantitative economics, 3.83 GPA), Tracey (mechanical engineering, 4.00 GPA) were all named to the academic team for the first time in their careers.
In all, 253 student-athletes from 28 institutions were named to the 2014 IRA All-Academic Team.
The heavyweight rowing program had a successful spring season that culminated with all five entries in the IRA National Championship qualifying for either grand or petite final action. Overall, four boats finished in the top-nine versus the nation’s most elite competition.