Saint Joseph's juniors Garren Best, Eric Jones and Thomson Rymer have been named to the 2017 Philadelphia Inquirer Men's Rowing Academic All-Area Team. The team is chosen by Philadelphia metropolitan area's 28 sports information directors.
Best, a junior from Kennett Square, Pa., and Rymer, a junior from Vienna, Va., were both members of the Hawks' Varsity 8 that had one of its most successful seasons in recent history.
That boat earned a silver medal at the Dad Vail Regatta, for SJU's first Dad Vail medal in the event since 1999. Best and Rymer helped SJU win the Bergen Cup, for the team's first title since 2008 and rowed at the IRA Championship where the Hawks placed third in the D Level Final. They also led SJU to first-place finishes at the Knecht Cup and the Murphy Cup and a second-place finish at the Kerr Cup.
Best is a food marketing major while Rymer is majoring in biology. Both student-athletes have earned mention on the SJU Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
Jones, a junior from Pomona, N.J., rowed for the Dad Vail champion Second Varsity 8, which was Hawks' first gold in that event since 2005. He also helped the Second Varsity 8 to a victory at the Bergen Cup and a fourth-place finish in the D Level Final at the IRA Championship. That boat placed second at the Murphy Cup and earned third-place finishes at the Kerr Cup and the Knecht Cup. Jones is an accounting major who has earned recognition on the SJU Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
In order to be eligible for the Academic All-Area team, an athlete must be in his or her second year at the institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or better.