Some of the coeds on local courts, fields and waters are attractive and smart. Certain schools have announced players named to all-academic conference teams. While this space is usually reserved for athletic prowess, it seems fitting to reward the students as well.
Marymount University senior swimmer Anna Macedonia was named First Team Capital One Academic All-District, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. With her selection to the first team, Macedonia is now eligible for Academic All-America honors.
Macedonia, a Bishop O’Connell grad, posted a 3.84 grade-point average with an art education major during her tenure with the Saints. A two-time NCAA Honorable Mention All-American, she also earned back-to-back Capital Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Year accolades as a junior and senior.
Howard’s Brittany Barker, Trina Kindred, Gaithersburg grad Rebecca Kirshner and Andascha Moore-Pryor were named to the 2012 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Softball All Academic team.
MEAC sophomore, junior and senior student-athletes with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average as well as transfer student-athletes who have been in residence at the institution for at least one year are eligible for All-Academic accolades.
American University lacrosse student-athletes Emily Burton, Kimberly Collins, Paige Lin and Lauren Schoenberger have been named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team. Collins, Lin and Schoenberger earn the honor for the second consecutive year.
Lin has been named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team for the second consecutive year after maintaining a 3.88 cumulative GPA. The interdisciplinary studies major in the College of Arts and Sciences and marketing and media and society minor is a three-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and a 2011 IWLCA Academic Honor Roll selection.
GW s rowing senior Mackenzie Hovermale, soccer junior Kayley Sullivan and softball senior Lauren Wilson were recognized with Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards as they rank among the university’s top undergraduate students.
Wilson was also identified as one of nine Distinguished Scholars who boasted the top grade-point average in their respective schools. The Arlington, Va., native carries a 3.92 GPA and has been recognized on the Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and GW Athletics Department Academic Dean’s List every semester in her career, including four semesters with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Hovermale boasts a 3.97 GPA and will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in international affairs.
Sullivan made GW’s Athletics Department Academic Dean’s List in each of her first five semesters, including four semesters with a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Colonial swimmer Caroline Myers was named to the Atlantic 10 Conference All-Academic Team. She maintains an overall grade-point average of 3.67. Myers made three two trips to the podium at this season’s A-10 Championships with two second-place finishes in the 500- and 1,650-yard freestyle events.
The University of Maryland claims to be proud of its student/athletes. To prove this, the school is cutting eight sports June 30, including women’s swimming which had six performers named to the 2012 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Swimming & Diving Team.
That’s right studies come first in College Park. If one succeeds in the classroom, the athletic department will help her find her another pool to star in her sport in.
But the black cloud over swimmers and divers this season did not stop Ginny Glover (Communications), Megan Lafferty (Criminology), Carolyn Fittin (Undecided), Alexa Hamilton (Communications), Victoria Cassidy (Undecided) and Amy Halligan (Journalism) from excelling. Glover and Hamilton were both three-time honorees. Cassidy was named to the squad for the second consecutive season.
By comparison, four football players, Tyler Cierski, A. J. Francis, Bennett Fulper and Dexter McDougle, were on the 52-man 2011 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Football Team. The men’s basketball team has had an all-academic player since at least 2009.
Those are the revenue sports—the ones paying the bills. However, suits used management practices the GSA would be proud of to destroy the Athletic Department’s reserves. Given the poor academic record of the men’s basketball and football team, successful would be protected.
On a brighter note, 11 members of the Maryland gymnastics team were named to the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) All-Academic Team the league.
The Terps’ academic honorees are led by senior Becca Pang, who is a four-time recipient, and junior Kesley Cofsky, who is a three-time honoree.
Junior Briana Melander and sophomores Jessie Black, Katy Dodds, Elizabethe Manzi and Karen Tang were named to the team for a second time.
In their first season at Maryland, freshmen Elizabeth Garcia, Stephanie Giameo, Dani Kram and Shannon Skochko were honored for their success in the classroom.
In order to be named to the EAGL all-Academic team, student-athletes must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. Freshmen are eligible if they earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the fall semester.
Rebekah Cabaltica (tennis), Lakisha Carney (track and volleyball), Kimberly Jones (basketball) and Bridgette Ogunmokun (track) earned degrees from Bowie State this spring.