Mattheson, Usher and Winslow Named to A-10 All-Academic Team

Mattheson, Usher and Winslow Named to A-10 All-Academic Team

KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island senior Mekenzie Mattheson, junior Emily Winslow and sophomore Katie Usher were among 10 women named to the Atlantic 10 Women's Rowing Academic All-Conference Team, the league announced Monday afternoon.

With three honorees on the team, Rhode Island and Dayton tied for the most in the conference.

Mattheson and Winslow were named to the all-academic team for the second straight season, while Usher earned a spot for the first time. Freshmen are not eligible for the honor. All three women played vital roles in helping the Rams win their second straight Atlantic 10 title, and the team's third in the last four seasons.

A native of Jaffrey, N.H., Mattheson had a 3.94 grade-point average as a double major in Sociology and Women's Studies. She was part of the Second Varsity 8+ boat that won its flight at the 2019 A-10 championship. Mattheson rowed in the stroke seat of the 2V8+ for most of the season, including at the NCAA Championship, where Rhode Island placed 21st. Also a member of the 2018 Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference Tea she is a two-time CRCA Scholar-Athlete Award Winner who is expected to earn the honor again this year.

Also making the team for a second straight season is Winslow, a native of Etna, N.H. A double major in English and Public Relations, Winslow posted a 3.95 GPA. On the water, she rowed in the seventh seat for the Varsity 8+ boat in every race this season. A two-time team captain, Winslow's boat has won its flight at the A-10 championship in each of her three seasons.

Usher, who hails from St. George, Vt., made the all-academic in her first eligible season. A double major in Kinesiology and Psychology, she has a 3.98 GPA while also being on the Varsity 8+ boat for every race this season. Usher has been in the bow seat for every possible varsity race in her two seasons, twice helping Rhode Island win the A-10 title. Usher had the top GPA on Rhode Island's roster this year.

2019 Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference Team
Anna Benton, Dayton
Maggie Cahill, Dayton
Kiley Tempert, Dayton
Aleksa Bjornson, Fordham
Olivia Cantrell, George Washington
Aiste Balciunaite, Massachusetts
Mekenzie Mattheson, Rhode Island
Katie Usher, Rhode Island
Emily Winslow, Rhode Island
Shane Devine, Saint Joseph's