HADLEY, Mass. – Ninety-four Amherst College student-athletes were honored for excellence in the classroom when the NESCAC announced its 2016 fall All-Academic Team Wednesday afternoon, while nine 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.
Middlebury led all schools with 97 All-Academic selections, followed by Amherst with 94 honorees, and Williams with 81 selections. Bowdoin and Colby rounded out the top five with 78 and 74 recipients respectively.
At least five members from each of Amherst's nine fall teams earned All-Academic status, including 19 selections from the Amherst football team. The men's and women's cross country teams combined for 29 honorees (16 men, 13 women), while the men's and women's soccer teams followed with a total of 23 members (14 men, nine women). Men's golf, field hockey, and women's volleyball followed with six selections each, while women's golf had five garner conference all-academic honors.
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 Amherst on the All-Sportsmanship Team are Kevin Connors '17 (men's cross country); Tess Frenzel '17 (women's cross country); Sydney Watts '17 (field hockey); AJ Poplin (football); Liam Fine '17 (men's golf); Zoe Wong '18 (women's golf); Forest Sisk '17 (men's soccer); Sarah Frohman '17 (women's soccer); and Kelci Keeno '17 (volleyball).
Fine was one of just nine NESCAC student-athletes to be named an All-NESCAC selection, a NESCAC All-Academic honoree, and a NESCAC All-Sportsmanship recipient. Keeno also highlighted Amherst's fall all-sportsmanship group as a two-time recipient of the honor, having also earned the recognition in 2013.