68 Connecticut College Student Athletes Named to NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team
166 Camels Honored for Academic Excellence During 2011-2012 Academic Year
NEW LONDON, Conn.--The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has announced its 2012 Spring All-Academic selections and 68 Connecticut College student-athletes have been named to the squad. To be honored, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore academic standing and be a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35. A transfer student must have completed one year of study at the institution.
Over the course of the three-seasons this academic year, 166 Connecticut College student-athletes have been honored by the conference for their academic excellence.
Sophomore Mike LeDuc of Canton, Conn. garnered All-America honors for the second straight year with his record setting performance in the 3000 meter steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship. LeDuc, a First Team selection on the Capital One Academic All-District 2 Track and Field squad in Division III, was one of 24 Camel track and field athletes honored on the NESCAC squad.
Junior Seana Siekman (Bethel, Maine) handled the stroke row for the Camel women's rowing team that won a Gold Medal at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship in May and was one of 15 Camel men's and women's rowers recognized on the NESCAC All-Academic Team.
Senior net-minder Rob Moccia (Malvern, Pa.) helped lead the Camel men's lacrosse team to their second appearance in the NCAA Championship in the past three years. Meanwhile, junior Bri Miller (Sudbury, Mass.), a 2012 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Region standout in the midfield, was a key offensive weapon for an improved women's lacrosse squad that won two league games for the first time since 2008. Moccia and Miller were two of 12 Camel lacrosse players honored on the squad.
Junior Jen Herbert (Pawcatuck, Conn.) helped lead the women's tennis team to critical victories against Smith and Hamilton College.
As a captain for the women's water polo team, senior Emily Hunter (Cheshire, Conn.) helped lead the Camels to a third place finish in the Division III Championship at Grove City, Pa. Eight women's water polo players earned All-Academic accolades from the NESCAC.
Seniors Bitsy Whipple (Plandome, N.Y.) and Liz Wilsterman (Winchester, Mass.) are two Camel women's sailors competing at the Inter Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA)/Sperry Top-Sider Women's National Championship in Austin, Tex. Seven Connecticut College sailors were named to the All-Academic Team.
Fran Shields, the Katherine Wenk Christoffers '45 Director of Athletics and Chair of Physical Education was impressed with the academic performance of the Camel student athletes in anothe.
"We are very proud of the accomplishments of our student athletes," Shields said. "Competing in the NESCAC and in the classroom, it was a successful year for our programs."
view the entire Connecticut College Spring All-Academic Team here
May 31, 2012