NIRC Releases Postseason Awards


WORCESTER, Mass. – The National Invitational Rowing Championships (NIRC) has announced the recipients of the regatta’s postseason awards. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) head coach, Larry Noble, was recognized as Men’s Coach of the Year while Peter Steenstra of Bates College was named Women’s Coach of the Year. In addition, 303 student-athletes were recognized to the NIRC All-Academic team with another 30 named to the 2017 NIRC All-Stewards Team.

Their peers selected Noble and Steenstra for this recognition after leading their respective programs to impressive seasons. Noble’s Engineers orchestrated a bronze-medal performance in the Varsity Eight while the 2nd Varsity Eight crossed the finish first in the petite final at the NIRC. The bronze medal came on the heels of a gutsy and invigorating performance a week earlier as the Varsity Eight captured gold at the New England Rowing Championships (NERC). The victory marked their first NERC Championship in 38 years.

Steenstra captured Women’s Coach of the Year after the Varsity Eight defeated Williams College by .401 seconds to capture gold on Lake Q this past week. The Women’s 2nd Varsity Eight also snagged gold hardware while the 3rd Varsity Eight secured silver. The Bobcats will represent the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in the NCAA Division III Championships. This marks the program’s 11th consecutive trip to the national stage.

For a student-athlete to be recognized to the NIRC All-Academic Team they must have completed one full-year at their institution (freshmen and first-year transfers are not eligible), maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.35 and be recognized as a varsity letter winner.

Coaches are also able to nominate one student-athlete per program for additional recognition as a member of the NIRC All-Stewards Team. This recognition is left to the discretion of each institution’s coach to provide another level of recognition for a deserving member of their program. This award goes to captains, outstanding oarsmen and women, team leaders or other key contributors of their respective program.

2017 NIRC All-Stewards Team

Institution Men's Recognition Women's Recognition
Bates College William Lehrer Molly Pritz
Boston College Ed Twohig
Bucknell University Dillon LaFata
U.S. Coast Guard Academy Logan Hutson Laura Beck
Colby College Roger Stone Susannah Donoho
Hamilton College Mali Barker Rachel Cooley
Hobart College Matt Sylvan
Ithaca College Alex Martin Jackie McDevitt
University of Massachusetts - Amherst Stephen Beaumont
Mount Holyoke College Ariya Lawson
University of New Hampshire Andrea Jaskulski Anna Simpson
Rochester Institute of Technology Tim Frey Amy Guthrie
St. Lawrence University Annie Williams
Smith College Nomfuneko Mafunda
Trinity College Jonathan Lemmon
Tufts University William Merchant Natalia Kastenberg
Wellesley College Kathryn Barth
Wesleyan University Mike Queenan Ava Miller-Lewis
Williams College Graham Buchan Becca Dunwoody
William Smith College Margaret Cameron
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Kelsey Regan Christine Hovermale


2017 NIRC All-Academic Team

Honoree                                                                   Institution

Abigail Bierman Bates College
Benjamin Whitehead Bates College
Claudia Glickman Bates College
Eric Jordan Bates College
Grace Jurkovich Bates College
Hannah DeBruyn Bates College
Isabella Miller Bates College
Jessica Vocaturo Bates College
Josh Bilchik Bates College
Julia Mason Bates College
Katherine Traquina Bates College
Lena Ritnell Bates College
Mats Terwiesch Bates College
Molly Pritz Bates College
Nadja Steiner Bates College
Quinn Gardner Bates College
Revor Fry Bates College
Roderick Pratt Bates College
Rosemary Kyne Bates College
Sarah Fink Bates College
Sophie Claus Bates College
William Lehrer Bates College
William Nelson Bates College
Cameron Berlin Bucknell University
Christian Daugherty Bucknell University
James Koenigsberg Bucknell University
Nicole Finan Bucknell University
Patrick Long Bucknell University
Perry Hamilton Bucknell University
Alessandra Grossman Colby College
Alexandra Alman Colby College
Alexandria Lucas Colby College
Alison Obstler Colby College
Allyson Redhunt Colby College
Andrea Velazquez Colby College
Annie Byrnes Colby College
Carolyn Daniels Colby College
Charlotte Jones Colby College
Christian Papadellis Colby College
Christopher Marcello Colby College
Elizabeth Huber Colby College
Elli Mapstone Colby College
Ellie Krossa Colby College
Emily Muller Colby College
Ethan Ashley Colby College
Frederick Bower Colby College
Helen Carroll Colby College
Henry Holtzer Colby College
Katelyn Hamilton Colby College
Ling MacLean Colby College
Lydia Larson Colby College
Madeline Andrews Colby College
Makoto Kinoshita Colby College
Riley Karp Colby College
Sarah Rossien Colby College
Sophia Bartels Colby College
Susannah Donoho Colby College
Timothy Harris Colby College
Alexandra Brantl Hamilton College
Claire Callahan Hamilton College
Mali Barker Hamilton College
Nicholas Silvestri Hamilton College
Oliver Magnusson Hamilton College
Rachel Cooley Hamilton College
Ryan Cassidy Hamilton College
Victoria Xu Hamilton College
Austin Letorney Hobart College
Harrison Luce Hobart College
D. Griffin Marsh Hobart College
Colby D'Onofrio Ithaca College
Elizabeth Burns Ithaca College
Emily Campagna Ithaca College
Emily Vosburg Ithaca College
Eric Stamer Ithaca College
Jacqueline McDevitt Ithaca College
Julia Willamson Ithaca College
Karina Feitner Ithaca College
Kathryn Lawson Ithaca College
Lynn Smith Ithaca College
Madalyn Tombley Ithaca College
Madison Bess Ithaca College
Maggie Broughton Ithaca College
Monica Schaffstall Ithaca College
Rebecca Veninsky Ithaca College
Savanahh Brija Ithaca College
Sierra Keat Ithaca College
Sophie Westfield Ithaca College
Stephanie Lipari Ithaca College
Victoria Demiris Ithaca College
Daniel Arrato Marist College
Dylan Galimi Marist College
Morgan Stippa Marist College
Raymond Mattingly Marist College
Ryan Lillis Marist College
Tadd Bindas Marist College
Briana Chace Mount Holyoke College
Azulina Green Mount Holyoke College
Sharlow Hitchcock Mount Holyoke College
Mira Kelly-Fair Mount Holyoke College
Syria Pradhan Mount Holyoke College
Meghan Ryan Mount Holyoke College
Nicole Villacres Mount Holyoke College
Leela Woody Mount Holyoke College
Zoe Zelkowitz Mount Holyoke College
Clare Zicari Mount Holyoke College
Amy Guthrie Rochester Institute of Technology
Claire Thomas Rochester Institute of Technology
Colleen Albert Rochester Institute of Technology
Colleen Ryan Rochester Institute of Technology
Connor Murdock Rochester Institute of Technology
Danielia Reeves Rochester Institute of Technology
Debra Kunz Rochester Institute of Technology
Delanie Kneeland Rochester Institute of Technology
Douglas Moyer Rochester Institute of Technology
Erin Loughran Rochester Institute of Technology
Francesca Scumaci Rochester Institute of Technology
Hayley Richardson Rochester Institute of Technology
Jeffrey Strauch Rochester Institute of Technology
Joseph Hunt Rochester Institute of Technology
Matthew Kehoe Rochester Institute of Technology
Matthew Wagner Rochester Institute of Technology
Tiffany Cao Rochester Institute of Technology
Timothy Frey Rochester Institute of Technology
Althea Holland Saint Lawrence University
Alyssa Stahrr Saint Lawrence University
Amanda Dupuis Saint Lawrence University
Annalise Williams Saint Lawrence University
Bieke Bekker Saint Lawrence University
Caleigh Donahue Saint Lawrence University
Erin Nason Saint Lawrence University
Grace Riehl Saint Lawrence University
Lily Devereux Saint Lawrence University
Maya Williams Saint Lawrence University
Mikayla Thomas Saint Lawrence University
Taylor Goldman Saint Lawrence University
Vina Smith Saint Lawrence University
Alexa Frongillo Simmons College
Eleanor Pullan Simmons College
Elizabeth Rea-Wilson Simmons College
Elsbeth Colson Simmons College
Karina Bercan Simmons College
Madison Summers Simmons College
Nicole Lee Simmons College
Veronica Bennett Simmons College
Emily Savarese Skidmore College
Henry Weis Skidmore College
Liv DelBrocco Skidmore College
Patrick Otomo Skidmore College
Ryan Springer-Miller Skidmore College
Sydney Randall Skidmore College
Will Armero Skidmore College
Elsie Eastman Smith College
Haleigh Anderson Smith College
Jesse Tibbits Smith College
Jessica Wert Smith College
Karen Komu Smith College
Kennedy Barber-Fraser Smith College
Kokoro Tetsuka Smith College
Lisa Guido Smith College
Marisa Bloom Smith College
Nomfuneko Mafunda Smith College
Olivia Shaw Smith College
Riley Brennan Smith College
Su Wei Heng Smith College
Vivian Brock Smith College
Charles Tuckwell Trinity College
Claudia Garotte Trinity College
Erin Gannon Trinity College
Isabella Pizzi Trinity College
Lisa Hovhannesian Trinity College
Luke Taylor Trinity College
Sarah Beckmann Trinity College
Alina McIntyre Tufts University
Annelise Ryan Tufts University
Arielle Mann Tufts University
Bibi Lichauco Tufts University
Caroline Talbert Tufts University
Emma Conroy Tufts University
Erika Madrian Tufts University
Maddie Orzeske Tufts University
Maia Tarnas Tufts University
Miranda Fineston Tufts University
Miriam Weiss Tufts University
Natalia Kastenberg Tufts University
Sera Busse Tufts University
Andrew Niedbala United States Coast Guard Academy
Ian Hopper United States Coast Guard Academy
John Paul Yalov United States Coast Guard Academy
Laura Beck United States Coast Guard Academy
Megan Sackett United States Coast Guard Academy
Michael Brachmann United States Coast Guard Academy
Michael Rosenberg United States Coast Guard Academy
Stephen Bruno United States Coast Guard Academy
Walter Daniels United States Coast Guard Academy
Carl Brasch University of Massachusetts Amherst
Devin Caulfield University of Massachusetts Amherst
George Meltzer University of Massachusetts Amherst
Jeremy Hall University of Massachusetts Amherst
Anna Simpson University of New Hampshire
Ashley Floyd University of New Hampshire
Brian Rafferty University of New Hampshire
Brianne Doherty University of New Hampshire
Courtney O'Brien University of New Hampshire
Emily Villeneuve University of New Hampshire
Erika Zadravec University of New Hampshire
Grace Canavan University of New Hampshire
Grant Erickson University of New Hampshire
Kiki Vercellone University of New Hampshire
Lillian Grisafi University of New Hampshire
Reed Bell University of New Hampshire
Shawn Taylor University of New Hampshire
Sydney Michalak University of New Hampshire
Allison Quintana Wesleyan University
Amanda Molitor Wesleyan University
Ava Miller-Lewis Wesleyan University
Avery Kimmell Wesleyan University
Aviv Preminger Wesleyan University
Benjamin Lynch Wesleyan University
Ceara Maria Burns Wesleyan University
Christopher Wycoff Wesleyan University
Colin Mattox Wesleyan University
Elisa Greenberg Wesleyan University
Emma Halter Wesleyan University
Emma Siegenberg Wesleyan University
Harrison Malec Wesleyan University
James Schink Wesleyan University
Kate Suslovic Wesleyan University
Liam Bristol Wesleyan University
Matthew DiGiovanni Wesleyan University
Michael Queenan Wesleyan University
Olivia Pearson Wesleyan University
Rachelle Flowers Wesleyan University
Sarah Osborn Wesleyan University
Thaddeus Brown Wesleyan University
Theo Simko Wesleyan University
Alyssa Deem William Smith College
Carey Jane Sevier William Smith College
Hannah Glenshaw William Smith College
Jennifer Sullivan William Smith College
Karoline Loretan William Smith College
Lauren Pomerantz William Smith College
Laurie Van Bencschoten William Smith College
Madelaine Hamilton William Smith College
Margaret Cameron William Smith College
Nicole Guardino William Smith College
Aaron Finder Williams College
Adam Zoen Williams College
Alex Ruberto Williams College
Andrew Rondeau Williams College
Ava Palmo Williams College
Becca Dunwoody Williams College
Caroline Kessler Williams College
Charlie Sheils Williams College
Clara Beery Williams College
Devin Flynn Williams College
Drew West Williams College
Eileen Russell Williams College
Emily Saulnier Williams College
Emory Strawn Williams College
Erik Bovino Williams College
Erik Kessler Williams College
Felix Knollman Williams College
Gabby Markel Williams College
Gemma Holt Williams College
Grace Chamberlin Williams College
Grace McCabe Williams College
Graham Buchan Williams College
Harper Johnson Williams College
Josie Maynard Williams College
Karl Bocker Williams College
Katie Swoap Williams College
Louisa Abel Williams College
Mark Hay Williams College
Michael Polson Williams College
Molly Burroughs Williams College
Rebecca Smith Williams College
Ria Hanson Williams College
Sarah Cooperman Williams College
Abigail Sawyer Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Alexandra Connor Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Audrey Allen Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Catherine Matyas Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Dan Seaman Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Danny Singer Worcester Polytechnic Institute
David Bovich Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Diana Celaj Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Emily Richardson Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Eva Barinelli Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Gina Gonzalez-Roundey Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Griffin Bishop Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Jack Harding Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Jack Perry Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Jennifer Golden Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Joe Crognale Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Johnny Wang Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Julia Pershken Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Kellen Randall Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Kelsey Regan Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Kenedi Heather Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Lily Olsen Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Lorenzo Dube Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Madeline Burke Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Madison Healey Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Marlies de Jong Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Mary Sheehan Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Matt Schueler Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Michael Beinor Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Michael Eaton Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Nathan Pietrowitz Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Paul Danielson Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Paula Sardi Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Rachel Peterson Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Sarah St. Pierre Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Scott Cazier Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Victoria Loehle Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Zack Estrella Worcester Polytechnic Institute