Lightweight Rowing’s Will Jarrett Named 2022 USNA Valedictorian

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The United States Naval Academy’s Class of 2022 included 24 top-flight members of the varsity athletic program who received Graduate with Distinction honors.

Those who receive the Graduate with Distinction laurel place in the top 10 percent of the graduating class in the Overall Order of Merit, which includes academics, military performance, conduct and physical education. There were 111 members of the Class of 2022 who earned the award, including Valedictorian Will Jarrett (Gales Ferry, Connecticut), who was a member of the light rowing program.

This is the seventh consecutive year, the 10th time in the past 12 years, and the 17th time beginning with the Class of 2000 that the graduate #1 on the Overall Order of Merit is a varsity athlete.

Jarrett was one of six varsity athletes to finish in the top 11 in class and 12 in the top 23. Men’s swimmer Oli Smith (Rochester, NY) was third, wrestler Jacob Allen (Poway, California) was seventh, lightweight rower Matt Fox (Aurora, Colo.) and Sprint soccer player Colin McMann (Detroit, Michigan) placed ninth, and Victoria Tran (Clarksville, Md.) of the women’s soccer team placed 11th.

Top varsity athletes in the Navy class of 2022 who earned a degree with honors
Will JarrettEasy rowing
Oli Smith, Men’s Swimming
Jacob Allen, wrestling
Matt FoxEasy rowing
Colin McMann, sprint football
Victoria Tran, women’s soccer
Maddie Warrender, Women’s Cross Country / Track
Caroline Turner, women diving
Erin Finley, women’s lacrosse
Sean Casey, women’s cross country/track
Ryan Teuschl, men’s soccer
Keegan Steele, offshore sailing
Sarah Sorensen, women’s swimming
Charlie GoodrichEasy rowing
Evan Robertson, heavyweight rowing
Kyle YoungEasy rowing
Hanna Prince, women’s rowing
Paul Rahner, offshore sailing
Sky Schork, women’s rowing
Jacob WaalerEasy rowing
Ashwin Briggs, Men’s Cross Country/Track
John Bowers, Men’s Cross Country/Track
Gray Benson, Intercollegiate Sailing
Ryan Chase, men’s lacrosse

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