July 8, 2009

Wheaton quintet earns national academic honors

NORTON, MA- Five members of the Wheaton College women's swimming & diving team earned Scholar All-America honors from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) in recognition of their academic and athletic success during the 2008-09 season, while the squad qualified for Scholar-Athlete Team laurels.

Rising juniors Samantha Farrell (Reading, MA/Reading Memorial), Stephany Perkins (Monmouth, ME/Monmouth Academy) and Dania Piscetta (Belmont, NH/Belmont) were named Scholar All-Americans, as each met the award's criteria of qualifying for the NCAA Championship while recording a minimum cumulative 3.50 grade-point average. Only two Division III schools from New England boasted more than Wheaton's three honorees.

Recent graduate Caitlin Glover (Durham, NH/Berwick Academy) and rising senior Iris Meehan (Bar Harbor, ME/Mount Desert Island) were lauded as Scholar All-America honorable mentions, as each at least met a qualifying standard for the NCAA Championship while holding a 3.50 GPA. Meehan earned the accolade for the second straight year.

As a squad, the Lyons drew a Scholar-Athlete Team honor with a combined 3.43 GPA, clearing the minimum 3.0 needed to earn the award. Wheaton posted the fourth-best GPA among Division III schools in New England during the spring after also drawing the honor for the fall.

Wheaton took third at the 2009 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship, matching the highest placement in program history, while going 9-6-1 during dual competition. At the NCAA meet, Farrell, Perkins and Piscetta were among four Lyons who became the first All-Americans in program history, as they guided Wheaton to its first team finish at the national championship.

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