NESCAC Announces Winter All-Academic, All-Sportsmanship Teams

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AMHERST, MA – Ninety-seven Amherst College student-athletes were honored when the NESCAC announced its 2011 Winter All-Academic and All-Sportsmanship Teams. Ninety-two Lord Jeffs earned All-Academic status, marking the third highest total in the conference.

To be honored on the All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore 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. Williams led all schools with 106 All-Academic honorees, 21 of which belong to a skiing or wrestling team. Middlebury was next with 99 selections, followed by Amherst’s 92.

Nine of Amherst’s All-Academic honorees were also crowned national champions this winter, with Jaci Daigneault ’11, Kristyn Dunleavy ’11, Sarah Leyman ’11, Courtney Long ’11, Livia Rizzo ’12 and Caroline Stedman ’12 representing the women’s basketball team. Kendra Stern ’11 and Ryan Lichtenfels ’12 won individual titles at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, while Ben Scheetz ’12 took home an NCAA title from the Indoor Track & Field Championships.

At least five members from each of Amherst’s 10 winter teams earned All-Academic status this year, including 25 from the swimming & diving programs and another 25 from the track & field squads. The men’s and women’s hockey programs combined for 18 All-Academic selections, followed by the squash (13) and basketball (11) teams.

The All-Sportsmanship Team is composed of one student-athlete from each institution for each sport and is selected by the players and coaches from their respective team for their positive contributions to sportsmanship. It recognizes student-athletes from each varsity sport who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to sportsmanship. These student-athletes exhibit respect for themselves, teammates, coaches, opponents, and spectators. They display sportsmanship not only as a participant in their sport but also as a spectator and in their everyday lives.

Representing Amherst on the All-Sportsmanship Team are Kurt Bennett ’11 (men’s basketball), Courtney Long ’11 (women’s basketball), Eddie Effinger ’12 (men’s hockey), Braidie Campbell ’11 (women’s hockey), David Kerr ’14 (men’s squash), Lena Rice ’14 (women’s squash), Sam Pritzker ’14 (men’s swimming) and Annie Glancy ’13 (women’s swimming).

A complete list of Amherst's All-Academic honorees can be found below. Visit the NESCAC website for more information about the All-Academic and All-Sportsmanship Teams.

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NESCAC All-Academic

Stephanie Clegg
Megan Curry
Brittney Evans
Josie Fisher
Caroline Hu
Julia Koch
Sinead Murphy
Ellen Swiontkowski
Emily Vitale
Cianna Wyshnytzky

Taylor Barrise
Kurt Bennett
Billy Butler
Pierce Edwards
Conor Meehan

Marcelo Cifuentes
Todd Lavine
Steve Severson
Tony Sheng
Nick Sorrentino

Mimi Bell
Allie Dalglish
Caitlin Demkin
Chandler Lusardi
Sarah Nyirjesy
Anne Piper
Anna Scheidt
Ginny Wheeler

Jaci Daigneault
Kristyn Dunleavy
Sarah Leyman
Courtney Long
Livia Rizzo
Caroline Stedman

Cole Anderson
Joe Brock
Nick Brunette
Eddie Effinger
Matt Rhone
Dylan Trumble
Johnny Van Siclen
Trip Wray

Geoff Ainslie
Dillon Buckley
Travis Cohoon
Andrew Erskine
Pierce Kelley
John McGrail
Ben Mears
Tommy Moore
Taylor Perkins
Andrew Reed
Ben Scheetz
Jack Seaver
Peter Skurman

Sarah Daly
Marlis Gnirke
Anna Hager
Kristen Moulton
Zoe Pagonis
Elodie Reed
Eliza Schalch
Melissa Sullivan
Chibuzo Uwakaneme
Susan Wasserman
Christina Wong
Laura Zaccagnino

Brooke Bennett
Cassandra Farnow
Maddie Giegold
Nicole Heise
Andrea Jensen
Rebecca Kelley
Erin Kennedy
Catherine Maguire
Bobbi Mason
Kristin Ouellette
Susannah Rudel
Maddy Sprung-Keyser
Kendra Stern
Emily Swett
Becca Thompson
Louisa Zuo
Ryan Colby
Reid Fitzgerald
Jeff Helt
Sheng Hu
Ryan Lichtenfels
Will McCartan
Mike O’Connor
Alex Pearlman
Tim White