Shrewsbury resident will compete at national collegiate rugby championships

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Alexander DiMauro (Photo/submitted)
Alexander DiMauro (Photo/submitted)

Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury resident Alexander DiMauro, a 2012 graduate of Saint John’s High school and a senior at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I., is headed to Cary, N.C. for the USA Rugby Collegiate National Championships May 27-29, which will be broadcast on ESPN.

In 2015, two-year team member and two-year team captain of the Seahawks at Salve Regina, DiMauro was voted one of the Top 50 rugby players, and listed as the #2 scrumhalf in the nation for Division II universities by Goff Rugby Report, which has been reporting on college and high school rugby teams for 20 years. With the debut of rugby at this year’s 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, rugby has become the fastest-growing sport in the world.

DiMauro accompanied Salve Regina rugby coach Ronan Hingerty and 19 other men and women rugby players to Ireland this past April to play two games against Irish rugby teams and attend two professional rugby games. Playing on regional rugby summer teams and tournaments all over the northeast, DiMauro also founded and was inaugural coach of Salve Regina’s Women’s Rugby Team. With tireless energy, DiMauro participated on the Campus Activities Board, Campus Ministry, volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club, was a resident assistant, volunteered on two community service trips to an orphanage in Nicaragua, and has served as leader and senior leader for freshmen orientation while at Salve Regina.

DiMauro will receive his bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Salve Regina May 15 and hopes to join the Peace Corps for two years, before pursuing a master’s degree in humanities. DiMauro aspires to a teaching position at the high school or university level to make a difference in the lives of students.