Saint Joseph’s graduate Thomson Rymer has been selected as the 2018 Philadelphia Inquirer Men’s Rowing Academic All-Area Performer of the Year, while teammates Garren Best and Jack Darling joined him on the Academic All-Area Team.
Rymer was a member of the Hawks’ Varsity 8 boat that turned in one of its finest seasons ever. The crew opened the season with four wins in a row, including their second straight Bergen Cup title, and then earned a silver medal at the 2018 Dad Vail Regatta in back-to-back years.
Rymer, from Vienna, Va., graduated from SJU with a degree in biology with honors, magna cum laude. A two-time honoree to the Academic All-Area Team, he was also chosen to the Intercollegiate Rowing Association All-Academic Team in 2017 and received the Hawks’ Academic Award.
Best and Darling joined Rymer on the Varsity 8 this season, which also posted a win at the Kerr Cup. The trio helped Saint Joseph’s earn its second consecutive bid to the IRA National Championships as the Hawks ended the year ranked 17th in the nation.
Best, the team captain from Kennett Square, Pa., graduated from SJU with a degree in food marketing. A two-time selection to the Academic All-Area team, he also received IRA All-Academic honors in 2017.
Darling, from New Hope, Pa., is a rising senior majoring in finance. He was named the Hawks’ Most Outstanding Performer this season and was an IRA All-Academic honoree in 2017.
The Academic All-Area team is voted on by the sports information offices of 30 area institutions from the Philadelphia metropolitan area.