Perkins earns second ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District accolade

NORTON, MA- Wheaton College junior Stephany Perkins (Monmouth, ME/Monmouth Academy) earned her second career ESPN The Magazine Academic College Division All-District I accolade, landing on the second at-large team for her success as a swimming & diving student-athlete. The squads are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Perkins, who was voted to the third team as a sophomore, was among nine second-team members and 34 overall selections. The biology major was one of four New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) student-athletes named to the top two teams.

A two-time NEWMAC academic all-league qualifier, Perkins placed third in three events at the league meet this winter while pushing Wheaton to a third-place showing for the third straight year, as the finish tied for the best in program history. In 2009, Perkins qualified for an All-America honorable mention while competing in four events at the NCAA Championship, helping the Lyons earn their first team placement at the national meet. Perkins swam a leg for the school-record 200- and 400-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley relay quartets as a sophomore.

Also a third-year member of the outdoor track & field team, Perkins earned her second NEWMAC Academic All-Conference award for the sport this spring, when she was among the top 10 during four different races at three distances. Perkins was sixth and 10th in the 1,500- and 800-meter runs, respectively, during the league championship meet.

A Dean's List student, Perkins has previously qualified for the Wheaton Presidential Award, which requires a minimum 3.75 grade-point average. Additionally, she has worked as a lifeguard in Balfour Natatorium and studied abroad in Australia last fall.

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 grade-point average and be a starter or significant reserve.

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