Towson, Md. – St. Mary's College of Maryland junior Andrew Gear (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) became the school's fifth Seahawk to earn Academic All-America® honors as Gear was named to the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America® Division III Men's At-Large First Team. The teams were announced Tuesday afternoon by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Gear follows in the footsteps of former Seahawks – Sean Keehan (1994), Ryan Olsen (2001), Kathy Holmes (2001 and 2002), and Mike Broccolino (2008). Gear is only the second Seahawk to pick up first team honors as Holmes landed on the Academic All-America ® Women's At-Large First Team in 2002.
Gear was one of 15 student-athletes picked for the Academic All-America® First Team while being the only student-athlete to represent the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC). However, senior golfer Brian Jaeger of future conference member, Christopher Newport University, earned a spot on the third team.
Today's honor comes on the heels of Gear's selection to the Capital One Academic All-District® First Team on May 16. His selection to the District 2 (Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island and West Virginia) First Team is what advanced Gear to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot.
Gear, a 6-3 member of the men's tennis team, is a triple major in English, political science, and public policy with a flawless 4.0 cumulative grade point average. He is a member of two national honor societies on campus – Chi Alpha Sigma, the national collegiate student-athlete honor society for juniors and seniors, and Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society.
Gear is also a St. Mary's Scholar, an honor bestowed upon juniors and seniors who have earned at least 32 credit-hours and whose cumulative GPA is 3.50 or better. He has also made the Dean's List every semester as well as being named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete in 2011 and 2012 and garnering a spot on the Capital Athletic Conference All-Academic Team three times.
Gear is already the school's all-time leader in singles ( 56) and doubles (45) wins while holding single-season records with 21 singles victories in 2011-12 and 17 doubles triumphs this season with his partner, first-year Mark Hardesty (Westminster, Md./Westminster). He was selected as the 2012-13 St. Mary's Male Athlete of the Year as well as the CAC Co-Player of the Year.
A four-time conference all-star, Gear was named the 2010-11 St. Mary's Rookie of the Year as well as the CAC Rookie of the Year. He earned first team All-CAC honors at singles in 2010-11.
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To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 18,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
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