HADLEY, Mass. – The New England Small College Athletic Conference announced its 2009 Spring All-Academic selections today, with 455 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 455 student-athletes that received Spring All-Academic accolades, 192 had the honor bestowed upon them a year ago - more than 42-percent. Sixty-three student-athletes on the 2009 Spring All-Academic squad also received NESCAC All-Conference recognition this past season, while 51 of the 100 individuals on the Spring All-Sportsmanship team also earned All-Academic honors.
Seven individuals garnered All-Conference, All-Sportsmanship, and All-Academic this season. The honorees were Amherst junior Jackie Tyler (Ridgewood, N.J.), Bowdoin junior Jamie Neely (Quincy, Mass.), Connecticut College senior Jill Sergi (Franklin, Mass.), Trinity senior Gautam Samarth (Pune, India), the Tufts tandem of seniors Chrissie Attura (Yarmouth, Maine) and Halsey Stebbins (Chicago, Ill.), and Elizabeth Burns (Dover, Del.) of Williams.
Notable members of the 2009 Spring All-Academic team include seniors Cary Gibson (Augusta, Ga.) and Annie Hancock (Syracuse, N.Y.) along with junior Grace Baljon (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) of the Williams women’s tennis team. The trio helped the Ephs capture the 2009 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship on Thursday afternoon over Amherst 5-2, the program’s second-straight national crown. Baljon begins competition on Friday as part of the field of 32 for the NCAA Individual Title.
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.
2009 NESCAC Spring All-Academic