Wheaton's Perkins earns CoSIDA Academic All-District honor

NORTON, MA- Wheaton College placed two student-athletes on ESPN The Magazine Academic College Division All-District I At-Large teams, as recently graduated women's lacrosse player Caitlin Grant (Walpole, MA/Walpole) landed on the first team and rising junior Stephany Perkins' (Monmouth, ME/Monmouth Academy) swimming & diving resume led to her earning a third-team spot. Qualifiers are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Grant was one of 10 athletes chosen for the first team and among 30 on a trio of squads, as she became the first player in her program's history to draw an all-district honor. She is the first Wheaton athlete since Barrett Roberts '07 in 2007 to secure a spot on a first team, which automatically places her on the Academic All-America ballot and leaves her eligible to become the school's first national honoree since the 2004-05 school year. Perkins, who joined Grant among eight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) athletes to earn an accolade, became the second athlete from her program to receive honors. Abby Pratt '08 did so last school year.

A standout scorer, Grant nearly matched career totals entering the season by tallying 50 goals and 57 points while appearing in all 16 games this spring. She netted 11 hat tricks, recording at least four goals on six occasions, and at least tied for the team lead in scoring in 10 games. Grant graduated ninth in program history in goals (110) and 10th in points (126).

Grant earned NEWMAC All-Conference honors each of her final two years while landing on the conference's academic all-league team three times. In 2008, she earned a place on the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Honor Roll. A Dean's List qualifier and Wheaton Scholar-Athlete during her career, Grant had a 3.80 cumulative grade-point average through the fall semester while pursuing a degree in economics.

Perkins, who competes for the outdoor track & field team during the spring season, was a member of Wheaton's 200-yard freestyle relay squad that earned an All-America honorable mention this past winter, the first such honor in program history. In helping the Lyons earn their first team placement, she competed in four events at the NCAA Championship. Perkins played a role in three school records and a league mark at the NEWMAC meet, notching two all-conference finishes. While pushing the team to a 9-6-1 mark and third place at the conference meet, she notched 17 event wins during the season.

During this past school year, Perkins earned NEWMAC Academic All-Conference laurels for both swimming & diving and outdoor track & field. A Dean's List qualifier, Perkins had a 3.88 cumulative GPA through the fall semester while working toward a degree in biology.

The District I College Division consists of all non-NCAA Division I colleges and universities in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec. To be nominated for the Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in academic standing, possess at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and be a starter or significant reserve.