Twenty-Two Honored on Indoor Track and Field All-Academic Squad
The 11-member women’s squad is highlighted by four repeat selections and among those, two major award recipients at the 2012 conference championship meet. Stony Brook’s Lucy Van Dalen (Wanganui, New Zealand/Wanganui Collegiate), the Most Outstanding Track Athlete, makes her third appearance on the indoor all-academic squad. Boston University’s Allison Barwise (Orange, Conn./Amity Regional), the Coaches’ Award recipient, and Katie Matthews (Rocky Hill, Conn./Rocky Hill), along with Binghamton’s Jessica Hennig (Pine Bush, N.Y./Pine Bush) all make their second appearance on the all-academic team.
Six other members of the women’s team, Albany’s Kathryn Fanning (Manlius, N.Y./ Fayetteville-Manlius), Vermont’s Michele Langone (Burlington, Mass./Burlington), Julie McGilpin (Westfield, Mass./Westfield) and Morgan Powers (Cincinnati, Ohio/ Indian Hill) and New Hampshire’s Allison Letourneau (Kingston, Nova Scotia/Berkshire Prep.) and Melody Pothier (Lisbon, Conn./Norwich Free), earned all-conference honors for their performances at the conference championship.
Maine senior Jillian O’Brien (Buffalo, N.Y./West Seneca West) rounds out the women’s team with her first selection to the squad.
Eight of the 11 men on the all-academic team earned all conference honors including the men’s Most Outstanding Track Athlete and Coaches’ Award recipient, Boston University’s R.J. Page (Swedesboro, N.J./Kingsway Regional).
Binghamton’s Colin Anderson (Harrison, N.Y./Harrison), Jesse Fuca (Warwick, N.Y./UConn), Adam Quinn (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendwhowa) and Robb Quiller (West Point, N.Y./James O’Neil), along with Maine’s Wilson Adams (Barrington, R.I./Barrington), Albany’s Peter Rowell (Scotia, N.Y./Scotia Glenville) and Stony Brook’s Eric Speakman (Napier, New Zealand/Taradale) collected all-conference honors this season. In addition, Rowell and Quiller are making their second appearance on the all-academic team.
Hartford’s Andrew Chalmers (Ashland, N.H./Plymouth Regional) picks up all-academic honors for the second straight season and he is joined by his teammate Andrew Dwyer (Rhineback, N.Y./Red Hook). UMBC’s Andrew Smith (Chadds Ford, Pa./Garnet Valley) completes the 2012 team.
The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Directors meeting where faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference’s nine member institutions decided to honor the league’s top student-athletes, who excel equally in the classroom as they do on the playing field.
For the fourth straight year, America East will select the All-Academic teams using CoSIDA’s Academic All-America program as a model. Student-athletes worthy of consideration are nominated by member sports information directors and voted on by a committee of SIDs, academic advisors and faculty representatives from all nine member institutions.
All-Academic squads for team sports are based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time or are made up of 10 student-athletes for individual sports. To be nominated for the distinction, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve for their team and participate in at least 50 percent of their team’s games or competitions. In the classroom, student-athletes must have a 3.30 GPA and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. Freshmen are not eligible for consideration.