WESTFIELD – A total of 660 student-athletes have been honored by the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference with selection to the league’s Spring 2014 All-Academic Team that was released this past week by Commissioner Angela Baumann.
Westfield State University was at the head of the classroom once again, landing the most student-athletes on the Spring 2014 MASCAC All-Academic Team with 149 total. Bridgewater State University was next with 135, Worcester State placed 92 and Fitchburg State finished with 90 student-athletes on the team.
Student-athletes that compete in championship varsity sports offered by each of the MASCAC institutions during the course of the Spring 2014 athletic season and have achieved a 3.20 cumulative or semester-based grade point average during the semester are eligible for selection to the Spring All-Academic Team.
“The number of MASCAC student-athletes recognized on the MASCAC All-Academic Team continues to increase each year which shows how committed our student-athletes are both in the classroom and on the field of play.” Commissioner Baumann said “The accomplishments that all of the MASCAC student-athletes have achieved in the classroom is evidence to that commitment to success.”
The Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference, the nation’s oldest Division III men’s and women’s playing conference, has a rich and storied tradition of competitive success while celebrating excellence in the classroom. MASCAC member schools include Bridgewater State University, Fitchburg State University, Framingham State University, MCLA, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Salem State University, Westfield State University and Worcester State University.
Two other institutions, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Plymouth State University, are affiliate members of the conference in the sports of football and men’s ice hockey, while Western Connecticut State University joined the conference as an affiliate member in football beginning in 2013-14.
SWIM HONORS: The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) announced the Scholar All-America Team Awards for the 2014 spring semester. A total of 140 college and university women’s swimming and diving teams in NCAA Division III have achieved the honor, including Westfield State University.
The Westfield State swimming and diving team earned this accolade with a 3.16 cumulative grade point average during the 2014 spring semester. The team was also honored with a 3.15 cumulative grade point average after the Fall 2013 semester.
The Team Scholar All-America award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The award is presented to teams achieving this standard in the fall semester and in the semester of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships (Winter/Spring).
“We take great pride in our student-athletes,” said Westfield State swimming and diving head coach Dave Laing. “The young ladies on the team do a great job, both in the pool and in the classroom.”
The College Swimming Coaches Association is the oldest coaches organization in America. In addition to Scholar All American Awards, the CSCAA recognizes All American Swimmers and Divers at the national championships every year.