Eight Wheaton student-athletes earn academic all-conference laurels

NORTON, MA- Eight Wheaton College student-athletes were named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Academic All-Conference team for the winter of 2008-09.

Student-athletes receiving the award must maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or better upon completion of the 2008 spring semester, attain at least a sophomore year standing and be a competing member of a varsity team for the entire season. Five members of the women's swimming & diving team claimed honors to lead Wheaton's programs.

Senior co-captain Caitlin Glover (Durham, NH/Berwick Academy) earned her third honor, while junior Iris Meehan (Bar Harbor, ME/Mount Desert Island) drew her second. Sophomores Kathleen Dwyer (Barrington, RI/Barrington), Sara Hollar (La Crescenta, CA/Flintridge Prep) and Stephany Perkins (Monmouth, ME/Monmouth Academy) all qualified in their first year of eligibility for the accolade. The quintet helped the Lyons take third at the NEWMAC Championship, matching the highest finish in program history. Glover played a hand in four school records at the meet, while Perkins had a role in three.

Senior tri-captain Jennie Pleat (Nashua, NH/Nashua South) and junior Stephanie Michals (Fairfax, VA/Saint Stephen's & Saint Agnes School) represented the women's basketball team for the second straight year, as the duo also helped the Lyons go 17-11 overall and 9-4 in NEWMAC play, advancing all the way to the league tournament title game as the fourth seed. Pleat, who appeared in a school-record 113 straight games, averaged 6.7 points on 44.7 percent shooting this year while tying for second on the team in assists (65) and placing fourth in steals (27). Michals appeared in 20 games off the bench, turning in four points, four rebounds and a pair of assists in 12 minutes during a contest with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on February 19.

Junior Jon Lecznar (Poland, ME/Poland Regional) of the men's basketball team earned his first career honor. A 6-6 reserve center, Lecznar came off the bench in 21 contests this winter for the Lyons, who went 14-12 overall and 6-6 in the NEWMAC before falling in the opening round of the league tournament. Lecznar provided one December stretch where he snagged at least four rebounds in four consecutive contests.

Winter sports sponsored by the NEWMAC include men's and women's basketball, and men's and women's swimming & diving.