July 22, 2011

Wheaton places 10 student-athletes on ITA All-Academic Team

NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's tennis team was one of 70 Division III institutions named to the  Interncollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team list for the 2010-11 season. Additionally, a total of 10 student-athletes from both the men's and women's squads were recognized as ITA All-Academic Scholar Athletes.

The Lyons women's tennis team – which advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second-consecutive season in 2010-11 – saw five student-athletes named to the squad. Sophomores Maraike Crom (Bremen, Germany/International School of Bremen) and Julia Parmakian (Gorham, Maine/Gorham) joined freshmen Lyndsay Cooke (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield Christian), Sarah Crom (Bremen, Germany/International School of Bremen), and Madison Hartley (Charlotte, Vt./Rice Memorial). Mariake and Parmakian are working towards degrees in economics and sociology, respectively, while the trio of freshmen have not declared a major yet.

On the men's side, seniors Trent Faltin (Durham, N.H./Oyster River) and Josh Fisher (Ridgefield, Conn./Wooster School) were recognized, as well as junior Neall Oliver (Portland, Maine/Deering), sophomore Dennis Scarpa (Cheshire, Conn./Xavier), and freshman Ned Terrace (Chappaqua, N.Y./Horace Greeley). Faltin graduated in May with a degree in political science while Fisher departed Norton with a degree in psychology. Oliver is majoring in political science while Scarpa is tackling economics. Terrace is currently undecided on a major.

"It is quite an accomplishment to have half of our men's and women's tennis teams not only named to the dean's list, but to be honored by the ITA," said Wheaton head men's and women's tennis coach Lynn Miller. "This is a very special honor for both squads. Our women qualified for the NCAA Tournament and also won a round, which puts our team among the elite in that they're both great athletes as well as outstanding students. Our men's team just missed making the ITA All-Academic Team, but it's only a matter of time before they're standing alongside the women in that regard."

Wheaton was one of four New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) schools named to the team, joining MIT, Smith, and Wellesley. From those four institutions, a total of 23 female student-athletes were chosen – nine from MIT, five from both Wheaton and Smith, and four from Wellesley. The five Wheaton men's tennis student-athletes were the only NEWMAC representatives.

In order to qualify for an ITA All-Academic Team award, a team must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) or 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). Individuals must be a varsity letter winner, have a GPA of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale), and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.

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