Matthew Leal

Position
Port, Sculler
Class
Senior
Major(s)
Computer Engineering
Board Position
Fundraising Coordinator
Hometown
Lincoln, RI
Seasons
2014-2018
Age
21

Rowing Highlights

  • 2015 NERC Bronze medalist – Second Varsity 4+
  • 2016 NERC Silver medalist – Second Varsity 4+
  • 2016 ACRA National Champion – Varsity Lightweight 4+
  • 2016 Head of the Charles, 18 of 48 – Men’s club 4+
  • 2017 Knecht Cup Gold medalist – Varsity Lightweight 4+
  • 2017 ACRA National Champion – Varsity Lightweight 4+

2017 – 2018 Season

  • 2017 Textile River Regatta Gold Medalist – Varsity Lightweight 4+

At URI

  • 4th year member of URI Crew Club
  • Elected Secretary his junior year
  • Elected Fundraising Coordinator his senior year
  • Recipient of the 2017 Bill O’Hara Memorial Award

Before URI

  • Attended LaSalle Academy in Providence, RI
  • Played Soccer and Track & Field
  • No prior rowing experience

Personal

  • Born June 26, 1996
  • Son of Rick and Laura Leal
  • Brother to twins Samantha and Allison
  • Studying Computer Engineering

 

“Rowing has been a good friend and my fiercest foe.”
                                                           – Matt Leal ‘18

 

“Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.” 
                                                          – George Carlin