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Wilmington Student-Athletes Honored as CACC Announces 2013 Fall All-Academic Team

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - New Haven, Conn.

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Fourteen Wilmington University student-athletes have been named to the 2013 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Fall All-Academic team, announced by the conference office earlier this week.

The 14 Wildcats were a part of 185 student-athletes from the 14 conference schools across six different sports who earned a place on the list.

In order to be named to the CACC All-Academic team, recipients must have participated in a CACC Championship sport in the fall. They must be at least a sophomore both academically and athletically, have been a student-athlete at their current school for at least two semesters, and achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher through the fall semester.

Wilmington’s volleyball team led the way in the classroom in 2013, producing six Fall All-Academic members, led by a trio of three-time honorees. Seniors Brittany Biddle (4.00 GPA), Annie Scarfo (3.96 GPA), and Katie Shorter (3.78 GPA) were once again in the mix of a great season on and off the volleyball court. They were joined by sophomore’s Kaitlin DiGiacinto (3.98 GPA), Nicole Shuba (3.80 GPA), and Alex Siolos (3.54 GPA) who were honored for the first time as a Wildcat.

The women’s soccer team produced a trio of student-athletes on the All-Academic team, led by three-time honoree and senior Rachel Burley. Burley joins Biddle as two of only 10 student-athletes on the list with a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade point average. Senior Jordanne Hoesli-Atkins (3.79 GPA) earned a spot on the list for the second time in her career while she is joined by junior Ashley Kroll (3.50 GPA) who earned her first All-Academic team honor.

The women’s cross country team had another three-time honoree for the Wildcats, as senior Sarabeth Oppermann (3.72 GPA) again earned a spot on the list. She was joined by first-year runner and graduate student Penelope Fantis (3.50 GPA) to wrap up the women’s cross country teams.

The men’s cross country team was represented by a pair of runner who each earned All-Academic for the first time in their careers. Graduate student Mike O’Brian carried a 3.8 cumulative grade point average while sophomore runner Jesus Amezquita was named to the list with a 3.63 GPA.

The men’s soccer team was represented by one student-athlete for the Wildcats. Senior goalkeeper Chad Jenkins earned a spot with a 3.53 GPA.

In all, 32 student-athletes were named to the team for the third time in their career while 49 other appear as repeat selections across the CACC. Women’s soccer tallied the most All-Academic selections by sport with 60 overall, while volleyball registered 40, women’s cross-country recorded 30, men’s soccer had 25, women’s tennis totaled 17, and men’s cross country added 12 student-athletes.