Skillman, N.J. - The St. Mary's College of Maryland women's tennis team earned 2009 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team status, being one of 72 Division III programs to do so. The Seahawks also had eight players named as an ITA Scholar-Athlete.
Joining the St. Mary's women as an ITA All-Academic Team from the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) was the University of Mary Washington, who had four players named an ITA Scholar-Athlete.
The ITA All-Academic Team Award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above.
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must meet the following criteria: 1. be a varsity letter winner, 2. have a GPA of at least 3.50 for the current academic year, and 3. have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.
The Seahawks posted a 3.696 GPA during the 2008-09 season. St. Mary's finished this past season with a 12-8 (3-3 CAC) record, setting a school single-season record for most wins in a season (12) and advancing to the CAC semifinals. Sarah Weisse (Sykesville, Md./South Carroll) garnered All-CAC second team honors at No. 1 singles, while Weisse and rising senior Michelle Compton (Havre de Grace, Md./Tome) earned All-CAC second team laurels at No. 1 doubles.
Graduated players Weisse and Jerilyn Rogalski (Amherst, Mass./Amherst Regional); rising seniors Compton and Kate David (Ellicott City, Md./Glenelg); rising juniors Colleen O'Neil (Jefferson, Md./Brunswick) and Monica Powell (Rockville, Md./Rockville); and rising sophomores Jackie Brady (Thurmont, Md./Catoctin) and Kathleen Ramsey (Dunkirk, Md./Northern).
Weisse, Rogalski, and O'Neil are all repeat selections as ITA Scholar-Athletes for the second year in a row.