156 Seahawk Student-Athletes Land on CAC All-Academic Team

2017-18 CAC All-Academic Team
2017-18 CAC All-Academic Team

For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · nmoran@smcm.edu

Fredericksburg, Va. – The Capital Athletic Conference announced Thursday morning that a record 1,514 student-athletes were named to the 2017-18 All-Academic Team, an average of over 150 student-athletes per full-member institution. The 1,514 honorees mark just the second time in CAC history that over 1,500 student-athletes have earned All-Academic recognition.

To view the complete CAC release, click here.

St. Mary's College of Maryland came in second with 54.9-percent (156 of 284) of its student-athletes gaining All-Academic Team status. This is the second straight year St. Mary's has finished second in terms of percentage of student-athletes making the All-Academic Team. York College of Pennsylvania was the top team for the third year in a row with 60.3% (261 of 433) of its student-athletes on the academic list. The Seahawks held the top spot for eight years between 2007-08 and 2014-15.

To view the complete list of St. Mary's honorees, click here.

Seventh-year head coach Tom Fisher's men's (11) and women's (13) cross country teams combined for a department-high 24 selections while the men's (10) and women's (13) swimming programs, under the leadership of second-year head coach Casey Brandt drew a close second with 23. Women's soccer, led by fourth-year head coach Peter Krech '09, finished third with 18.

In all, eight Seahawk athletic programs had at least 10 student-athletes make the All-Academic Team while 16 St. Mary's student-athletes wrapped up their academic careers as four-year members of the All-Academic Team.

Nine St. Mary's student-athletes also collected 4.0 GPAs in 2017-18, including 2018 Google Cloud Division III Academic All-Americans®, men's swimmer Ben Ertman '18 (Potomac, Md./Churchill) and women's tennis player Melissa Barall '18 (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake). Ertman and Barall were also the 2017-18 St. Mary's Scholar-Athletes of the Year while Barall graduated as the co-valedictorian.

Student-athletes in one or more CAC championship sports that attain a 3.20 grade point average (GPA) for the academic year earn a spot on the All-Academic Team. A total of 46.6% of CAC student-athletes posted a 3.20 GPA this year (1,514 of 3,247). 

Nine schools had at least 100 student-athletes on the CAC All-Academic Team, including a CAC-leading 261 honorees from York. Christopher Newport University finished second in total honorees with 194 followed by the University of Mary Washington (178), Salisbury University (167), and St. Mary's (156) in fifth.

St. Mary's All-Academic Team Honorees over the Years

2006-07 – 106 of 218 (48.6%)

2007-08 – 139 of 249 (55.6%)

2008-09 – 132 of 244 (54.1%)

2009-10 – 147 of 274 (53.6%)

2010-11 – 156 of 308 (50.6%)

2011-12 – 153 of 302 (50.7%)

2012-13 – 146 of 295 (49.5%)

2013-14 – 145 of 298 (48.7%)

2014-15 – 162 of 287 (56.5%)

2015-16 – 151 of 281 (53.7%)

2016-17 – 146 of 260 (56.2%)

2017-18 – 156 of 284 (54.9%)

In addition, nine CAC full-member institutions placed more than 40% of their student-athletes on the All-Academic Team.
 

Ranking by Percentage of Student-Athletes with at least a 3.2 GPA

York (261 of 433)................................................................... 60.3%

St. Mary's (156 of 284)........................................................ 54.9%

Marymount (108 of 221).......................................................... 48.9%

Christopher Newport (194 of 418).............................................. 46.4%

Southern Virginia (130 of 285).................................................. 45.6%

Mary Washington (178 of 399).................................................. 44.6%

Penn State Harrisburg (100 of 230)............................................ 43.4%

Frostburg State (147 of 344).................................................... 42.7%

Salisbury (167 of 391)............................................................. 42.7%

Wesley (71 of 235)................................................................. 30.2%

New Jersey City (2 of 7, 1 sport)............................................... 28.6%

Total (1,514 of 3,247).......................................................... 46.6%

Ranking by Total Number of Student-Athletes with at least a 3.2 GPA

York.............................................. 261

Christopher Newport......................... 194

Mary Washington............................. 178

Salisbury........................................ 167

St. Mary's..................................... 156

Frostburg State............................... 147

Southern Virginia............................. 130

Marymount..................................... 108

Penn State Harrisburg....................... 100

Wesley............................................ 71

New Jersey City (1 sport)..................... 2

Total......................................... 1,514 

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