HADLEY, Mass. – 113 Wesleyan University student-athletes were honored for their excellence in the classroom when the NESCAC announced its 2017 Spring All-Academic Team Friday afternoon, while ten others were named to the All-Sportsmanship Team.
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 3.40. A transfer student must have completed one year of study at the institution. Tufts led the way with 133 selections, followed by Williams with 115 and Wesleyan with 113. Amherst and Colby rounded out the top five with 102 and 97 honorees, respectively.
The women's outdoor track & field team and the men's crew team led the way for the Cardinals with 18 selections each, followed by men's lacrosse with 17, women's crew with 15, baseball with with 12, women's lacrosse with nine, and men's track & field with eight. Softball placed seven players on the list, while the tennis teams put a combined nine student-athletes on the list.
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 Wesleyan on the All-Sportsmanship Team is Tom Dupont '17 (Men's Lacrosse), Reid Hawkins '17 (Men's Outdoor Track & Field), Eleanor Highleyman '19 (Women's Crew), Ella Lindholm-Uzzi '17 (Women's Tennis), Izzy Linzer '17 (Softball), Nikita Rajgopal '17 (Women's Track & Field), Jake Roberts '17 (Men's Tennis), Ellis Schaefer '17 (Baseball), James Schnik '17 (Men's Crew) and Meredith Smith '17 (Women's Lacrosse).
Dupont, Highleyman, Lindholm-Uzzi, Linzer, Rajgopal, Roberts, and Smith highlighted the list for the Cardinals, as they garnered both All-Sportsmanship and All-Academic awards.