Sewickley rowers earn national recognition

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 | 6:00 AM

Two Sewickley-area rowers earned national recognition recently.

Sewickley Academy graduate and Georgetown undergrad Mia Tsudis was named a National Scholar-Athlete by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association.

To be eligible for the award, a rower must be in her second through fourth year of eligibility, have rowed in her school’s NCAA or Intercollegiate Rowing Association eligible boat for a minimum of 75% of current spring races or raced in a regional conference event, and have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA for her career.

The 5-foot-11 Tsudis, a finance major, placed fifth in women’s varsity lightweight eight at the IRA National Championship Regatta.

Georgetown varsity lightweight coach Kieren Emery said he and head coach Kendall Mulligan nominated Tsudis for the award.

Tsudis was one of 15 Hoyas honored.

“Mia is a great athlete,” Emery said. “She’s been a leader to younger and older (rowers).”

Emery said Tsudis, who will be a junior, was nominated to be captain for the lightweight team next season.

Quaker Valley rising senior Ben Kimmy was invited to the USRowing U19 Men’s National Team Selection Camp in California.

Kimmy, 17, was picked for a USRowing Junior Men High Performance Camp boat that placed third in men’s intermediate eight at the USRowing National Championships in Ohio.

The 6-foot-5 Kimmy, a member of the Three Rivers Junior Rowing team on Washington’s Landing, looks forward to earning a spot at the World Rowing Junior Championships next summer.

“I have set the bar quite a bit higher for myself for this upcoming season so I am physically and mentally ready to compete,” Kimmy said.

Three Rivers Junior Rowing coach Matt Grau said Kimmy joins a long line of Three Rivers athletes who have attended USRowing U19 camps.

“Our team is always excited to send athletes to the national team system,” Grau said. “They learn from high-quality coaches, are placed in challenging, competitive situations and get to interact with athletes from across the country.

“I am confident that Ben will grow as a rower, teammate and competitor from this experience. We are looking forward to seeing what is in store for him this fall.”