HADLEY, Mass. - The New England Small College Athletic Conference announced its 2008 Spring All-Academic selections today, with a record 467 student-athletes that participated in a spring sport earning All-Academic recognition. To be honored, a student-athlete must have reached junior 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.
Of the 467 student-athletes that received Spring All-Academic accolades, 153 had the honor bestowed upon them a year ago. 65 student-athletes on the 2008 Spring All-Academic squad also received NESCAC All-Conference recognition this past season, while 44 individuals earned both All-Academic and All-Sportsmanship honors.
10 individuals garnered All-Conference, All-Sportsmanship, and All-Academic this spring. The honorees were Amherst seniors Neal Allar (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) and Mike Mintz (New York, N.Y.), Bowdoin senior Amy Ahearn (Wenham, Mass.), Colby senior Anna King (Greenland, N.H.), Middlebury senior Ceara Danaher (West Hartford, Conn.), Tufts’ trio of senior Catherine Beck (Brookline, N.H.) and juniors Chrissie Attura (Yarmouth, Maine) and Samantha Kuhles (Somerville, N.J.), Wesleyan senior Sam Grover (Williston, Vt.), and Williams junior Elizabeth Burns.
The Spring All-Academic team also included student-athletes that won an NCAA championship this spring. Juniors Jacob Donnelly (Suffield, Conn.) and William Tucker (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) were a part of a Trinity baseball squad that went a remarkable 45-1 and claimed the 2008 NCAA Baseball Championship, the first NCAA title for the Bantams. Senior Katrina Ferrara (Skillman, N.J.) and juniors Cary Gibson (Augusta, Ga.) and Annie Hancock (Syracuse, N.Y.) helped the the Williams women’s tennis team win the 2008 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship, and Gibson finished as the runner-up in the NCAA Singles Championship. Amherst senior Alicia Menezes (Staten Island, N.Y.) teamed up with sophomore Brittany Berckes to win a second-consecutive NCAA Doubles Championship this spring.
Founded in 1971, the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) consists of 11 liberal arts colleges and has consistently reflected its commitment to the values of athletics and academic achievement. The member colleges of the conference are Amherst College, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, Connecticut College, Hamilton College, Middlebury College, Trinity College, Tufts University, Wesleyan University, and Williams College. For more information on the NESCAC, visit www.nescac.com.
2008 NESCAC Spring All-Academic