The Florida Institute of Technology has received its first bid to compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II National Women’s Rowing Championships and a young Searsport woman has helped make that happen.

Aline Seekins of Searsport, who recently completed her junior year as a Space Science major, will be among the eight women rowing in the championships Friday through Sunday, May 28-30 at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center in Gold River, Calif. Washington State University will serve as the host.

“I am extremely proud of the girls and the effort they have put forth this year,” said Panther head coach Adm Thorstad on the school’s website. “In the fall I gave them a list of goals to accomplish as a team in order to qualify for NCAAs and we hit six of those seven goals. I look forward to seeing how they perform next week. It should be some great racing.”

The other schools Florida Tech will compete against are Philadelphia University in Philadelphia, Pa., Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Wash., Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla. and Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa.

Seekins, who was homeschooled before heading to college, played soccer and basketball and was also a member of the cross-country and track-and-field teams at Searsport District High School. She advanced to the state cross-country meet and was recognized as an all star in basketball during high school.

The daughter of Darrell and Louise Seekins has a career goal to work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She also enjoys playing the piano.

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