Krystyn Elek, Jaci Daigneault Named All-Americans

ElekKrystyn Elek '10From WBCA and AHCA Releases

AMHERST, MA – A pair of Amherst College student-athletes earned All-America honors yesterday and will compete in national semifinal games Friday evening. While sophomore Jaci Daigneault (Guilford, CT) was named to the NCAA Division III State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team, junior Krystyn Elek (Summerville, SC) earned a spot on the RBK Hockey All-America Second Team.

This is the third consecutive year Elek has earned RBK All-America honors, as she has been one of the most consistently dominant goaltenders in Division III since her arrival at Amherst. This season Elek led the NESCAC in save percentage for the second time in her career, stopping 94.9 percent of shots faced while boasting a conference-best 1.27 goals-against average.

Elek and the Lord Jeffs will take on Middlebury College on Friday, Mar. 20, at 7 p.m. in the national semifinals. This is their second appearance in the semifinals, but Amherst has never advanced to the NCAA championship game. In the NCAA opening round, Elek made 31 saves while allowing only one goal against two-time defending national champion Plattsburgh State.

Elek has piled on the postseason awards in her first three seasons, which include NESCAC Rookie of the Year (2007), NESCAC Co-Player of the Year (2009) and All-NESCAC First Team (2007, 2009) honors.

The RBK Hockey All-America Teams are sponsored by RBK Hockey, an international leader in hockey equipment, and are chosen by members of the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA).

The 10-member Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and State Farm Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team was selected by an online vote of the selection committee. The committee is comprised of one representative from each of the eight geographical regions and a chairperson. 

Jaci Daigneault '11
Earlier this week Daigneault became only the second Amherst women’s basketball player to be named to a D3hoops All-Region Team and was the first in program history to earn First Team honors. Daigneault is currently sixth in the NESCAC in scoring (13.0 ppg), fifth in rebounding (7.2 rpg), first in field goal percentage (.559) and 12th in blocks (0.74 bpg), all while averaging only 22.9 minutes per contest. In Amherst’s four NCAA Tournament games this season, Daigneault is scoring 14.3 points with 5.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per contest with a 66.7 field goal percentage (22-for-33).

“I’d like to congratulate all the members of the 2009 State Farm Coaches’ NCAA Division III All-America Team,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. “These 10 student-athletes truly stood above the rest this season and are deserving of such recognition.”

“State Farm is truly honored to recognize these outstanding student-athletes for their wonderful achievements, their dedication to the game of basketball and their commitment to their communities,” said Pam El, Marketing Vice President for State Farm. “The State Farm Coaches All-America Team represents true excellence in the sport of women’s basketball, and we are extremely proud to be associated with these remarkable student-athletes.”

Of the 10 State Farm All-America selections, eight are seniors and only two are sophomores. Daigneault and the Lord Jeffs will take on Washington-Saint Louis in the national semifinals on Friday, Mar. 20 at 4 p.m. in Holland, Michigan. This is Amherst’s first appearance in the national semifinals.

2009 RBK All-America East Second Team
Krystyn Elek (Amherst)
Erica Owczarczak (RIT)
Amanda Wilks (Norwich)
Sarah Dagg (RIT)
Stephanie Miguel (Hamilton)
Holly Nonis (Manhattanville)

2009 State Farm Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team
LeighAnn Burke (DeSales)
Jaci Daigneault (Amherst)
Hillary Klimowicz (TCNJ)
Katie Kulavic (Oglethorpe)
Jessica McEntee (NYU)
Ashley McFetridge (ECSU)
Megan Scheele (Edgewood)
Claire Sheehan (Illinois-Wesleyan)
Carrie Snikkers (Hope)
Keli Ward (York)