146 St. Mary's Student-Athletes Named to CAC All-Academic Team

146 Seahawk Student-Athletes Named to CAC All-Academic Team
146 Seahawk Student-Athletes Named to CAC All-Academic Team

For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · nmoran@smcm.edu

York, Pa. – Capital Athletic Conference Assistant Commissioner Tim Mowrer announced Friday morning that a record 1,500 student-athletes were named to the conference's 2016-17 All-Academic Team, an average of 150 student-athletes per full-member institution.

St. Mary's College of Maryland came in second place with 56.2-percent (146 of 260) of its student-athletes making the All-Academic Team. This year's second-place finish is a spot higher after the Seahawks claimed third last year and saw their eight-year streak at the top snapped. York College of Pennsylvania was the top team for the second year in a row with 59.9% (253 of 422) of its student-athletes on the list.

St. Mary's College of Maryland President Dr. Tuajuanda C. Jordan expressed, "Congratulations to all of the students and coaches and all of the staff for keeping our student-athletes focused on their academics. Well done."

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To view the complete list of St. Mary's honorees, click here.

Men's (7) and women's (12) cross country combined for a department-high 19 selections while women's soccer, under the direction of third-year head coach Peter Krech '09, came in a close second with 18. Men's lacrosse, led by second-year head coach Jason Childs, and men's (7) and women's (10) swimming, under the leadership of first-year head coach Casey Brandt, tied for third with 17 apiece.

In all, nine Seahawk athletic programs had at least 10 student-athletes make the All-Academic Team while 14 Seahawk student-athletes ended their careers as four-year members of the All-Academic Team.

Eleven St. Mary's student-athletes also collected 4.0 GPAs in 2016-17, including women's soccer and women's basketball player Claire Kostelnik '17 (Los Angeles, Calif./Flintridge Sacred Heart), a three-time All-CAC selection; women's swimmer Samantha Liming '17 (Silver Spring, Md./JFK), the 2016-17 St. Mary's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year; and women's tennis player Melissa Barall '18 (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake), a 2017 CoSIDA Division III Academic All-District® Women's At-Large First Team selection.

The 1,500 honorees marks the sixth time in CAC history that over 1,000 student-athletes have earned All-Academic recognition. The 2016-17 school year marked the fourth full year of membership for Christopher Newport University, Penn State Harrisburg, and Southern Virginia University. Additionally, New Jersey City University concluded its fourth year as an associate member in men's golf.

Student-athletes in one or more CAC championship sports that attain a 3.20 grade point average (GPA) for the academic year earn a spot on the All-Academic Team. A total of 46.2% of CAC student-athletes posted a 3.20 GPA this year (1,500 of 3,245).

Nine schools had at least 100 student-athletes on the CAC All-Academic Team, including a CAC-leading 253 honorees from York. Salisbury University finished in second with 198 honorees followed by the University of Mary Washington (174), Christopher Newport (163), Frostburg State University (148), St. Mary's (146), Southern Virginia (121), Penn State Harrisburg (113), and Marymount University (110).

In addition, eight CAC full-member institutions placed more than 40% of their student-athletes on the All-Academic Team.

 

Ranking by Percentage of Student-Athletes with at least a 3.2 GPA

York (Pa.) (253 of 422)........................................................... 59.9%

St. Mary's (Md.) (146 of 260)............................................... 56.2%

Southern Virginia (121 of 247).................................................. 48.9%

Marymount (Va.) (110 of 227).................................................. 48.5%

Penn State Harrisburg (113 of 238)........................................... 47.4%

Salisbury (198 of 423)............................................................ 46.8%

Mary Washington (174 of 391).................................................. 44.5%

Frostburg State (148 of 364).................................................... 40.6%

Christopher Newport (163 of 416)............................................. 39.2%

New Jersey City (3 of 9, 1 sport).............................................. 33.3%

Wesley (71 of 248)................................................................. 28.6%

Total (1,500 of 3,245)......................................................... 46.2%

 

Ranking by Total Number of Student-Athletes with at least a 3.2 GPA

York (Pa.)...................................... 253

Salisbury........................................ 198

Mary Washington............................. 174

Christopher Newport........................ 163

Frostburg State............................... 148

St. Mary's (Md.)............................ 146

Southern Virginia............................. 121

Penn State Harrisburg....................... 113

Marymount (Va.)............................. 110

Wesley............................................ 71

New Jersey City (1 sport)..................... 3

Total......................................... 1,500

 

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