NEW ORLEANS, La.-Five Coast Guard student-athletes and both the men's and women's cross country teams have both been named as 2013 NCAA Division III Cross Country All-Academic as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). A total of 215 women's programs and 146 men's programs earned that honor this season.
All-Academic Team honors are earned by compiling a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.1. The women's team had a pair of individual selections and team GPA of 3.25 while the men's team placed three individuals on the All-Academic team and posted a team GPA of 3.15.
The Coast Guard women's cross country team saw a pair of individuals named USTFCCCA All-Academic winners. Junior Bethany Gollin (3.40, Civil Engineering) and sophomore Carolyn Smith (3.87, Marine and Environmental Sciences) each received the distinction for their work in the classroom. There were 308 female student-athletes who received the All-Academic distinction and the Bears' two selections trailed only MIT and Wellesley among NEWMAC institutions.
The Coast Guard men's cross country team saw three individuals selected as USTFCCCA All-Academic winners. Junior Joe O'Connell (3.83, Mechanical Engineering), senior Brad Pienta (3.42, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering), and freshman Zachary Velasquez (3.31, Mechanical Engineering) all made the cut. In total 228 male student-athletes received the distinction with Coast Guard's three selections the highest total for any NEWMAC school.
In order to win individual All-Academic honors, individuals must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or greater and must have finished among the top 25 percent of finishers at their respective regional championships.