The Eastern College Athletic Conference announced the National Invitational Rowing Championship Stewards All-Academic team on June 9th. Six members of the Hobart College rowing team were among the 321 student-athletes from 24 institutions recognized on the 2015 ECAC NIRC All-Academic Team.
Senior Tyler Wilson-Menting, juniors Sky Drazek, Sam Menchel, and Patrick Ware, and sophomores Austin Letorney and D. Griffin Marsh were honored for their efforts in the classroom and on the water.
To receive All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore academic standing at the time of the regatta and be a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35. A transfer student must have completed one year of study at the institution.
Letorney stroked the varsity eight this spring. He was a member of the Liberty League Crew of the Year and an All-Liberty League selection. At the ECAC NIRC, Letorney helped the varsity eight capture silver medals. Hobart’s top crew collected a gold medal at the Liberty League Championships and a silver medal at the Knecht Cup this year. Letorney sat in five seat in the varsity eight at the IRA National Championships, helping the Statesmen to a 16th place finish, the highest ever by Hobart’s varsity eight. He was also a member of Hobart’s varsity eight that captured silver medals in the collegiate eight event at the Head of the Charles this past fall.
Drazek and Marsh helped the Statesmen’s second varsity eight win a gold medal at the ECAC NIRC Regatta, the Statesmen’s first ECAC gold in the 2V event. Serving as coxswain, Drazek guided Hobart to a five-second win over Michigan, while Marsh sat in four seat. The Statesmen 2V also collected gold medals at the Liberty League Championship and won silver medals at the Knecht Cup this spring. At IRAs, the second varsity eight was 17th overall in just its second ever appearance in the event at the National Championships.
Ware served as stroke for the third varsity eight this spring. At the ECAC NIRC, he helped Hobart’s 3V claim silver medals for the second straight year. Ware also stroked the 3V to a gold medal at the Liberty League Championships. This is the second straight year that Ware was named an ECAC NIRC Steward.
Wilson-Menting won a gold medal with the varsity four at the Liberty League Championships, sitting in the stroke seat. He also rowed with the varsity four at the Knecht cup this spring. At the ECAC-NIRC, Wilson-Menting rowed with the fourth varsity eight in four seat, winning the petite final of the third varsity eight event by seven seconds.
Menchel won a gold medal with the third varsity eight at the Knecht Cup, sitting in three seat. He helped the fourth varsity eight finish second in the third varsity eight event at the Liberty League Championships. At the ECAC NIRC, he sat in seven seat of the 4V, helping the boat win the petite final. Menchel was named an ECAC NIRC Steward for the second straight season.
Hobart rowing capped its IRA National Championship appearance, entering three boats for the second straight year. The Statesmen’s top two boats, the V8 and 2V8, posted program best finishes in their respective events. While the American collegiate racing season has completed, Hobart has turned its attention to England, where the Statesmen varsity eight and two fours will compete in the Henley Royal Regatta, beginning July 1.