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10 Heavyweight Rowers Earn IRA All-Academic Nods

July 10, 2017

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Board of Stewards recently announced the organization’s 2016-17 All-Academic Team. The Navy heavyweight crew program was recognized with 10 honorees on the IRA’s fifth annual installment of the academic award. May graduates Scott Gibson and Michael Pentaleri and rising seniors Charlie Linder, Nick Street and Eli Wood led the group of 10 as they each are multi-year recipients of the honor.

To qualify for the All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.35 or higher, completed one full year at their institution (freshmen and first-year transfers are not eligible), be an institutional letter winner and competed at the 2017 IRA National Championship Regatta.

Gibson (Quantitative Economics, 3.96 GPA) highlights the 10-person listing as he completed his intercollegiate career with three IRA All-Academic Team accolades. Linder (Aerospace Engineering, 3.71 GPA), Pentaleri (Mechanical Engineering, 3.66 GPA) Street (Ocean Engineering, 3.85 GPA) and Wood (English, 4.00 GPA) were all named to the nationally-recognized team for the second time in their respective careers.

First-time honorees from the heavyweight program include: Julia Foust (Ocean Engineering, 3.48 GPA), Jack Gainer (Honors Systems Engineering, 4.00 GPA), Michael Palaski (Mechanical Engineering, 3.55 GPA), Caleb Robertson (History, 4.00 GPA) and Zach Scholz (Nuclear Engineering, 3.95 GPA).



In all, 336 student-athletes from 32 member institutions were recognized. Brown University led the way for men’s heavyweight programs with 17 qualifying student-athletes.

The heavyweight rowing team completed its 2017 spring competition season with four boats taking to the waters of Lake Natoma in Gold River, California. After three days of racing the Mids’ third varsity eight led the way with a sixth-place finish in the grand final of its respective event. Navy’s varsity four also notched a top-ten result with an eighth-place finish. As a program, Navy ranked 13th overall in the Ten Eyck team points standings.  

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