Perkins garners second academic all-district honor in as many weeks

NORTON, MA- Wheaton College rising senior Stephany Perkins (Monmouth, ME/Monmouth Academy) garnered a second ESPN The Magazine Academic College Division All-District I accolade in as many weeks, as her selection to the track & field second team comes on the heels of her being voted to the at-large second squad for her swimming & diving success.  The teams are picked by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Perkins, who earned her third academic all-district honor in just two years, was one of 10 second-team members and 20 overall honorees.  The biology major was among seven New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) student-athletes.

A two-time NEWMAC academic all-league qualifier, Perkins finished in the top 10 during four different races at three distances.  She came in sixth and 10th in the 1,500- and 800-meter runs, respectively, during the conference championship meet.

Also a third-year member of the swimming & diving team, Perkins placed third in three events at the NEWMAC Championship 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.

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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