Bakanas Garners ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District Honors
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Connecticut College senior water polo co-captain Phoebe Bakanas of Redding, Conn. has been named to the 2010 ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District 1 at-large third team in the college division. Bakanas is making her second straight appearance on the District 1 squad.
The women's at-large team covers 13 sports, including field hockey, lacrosse, and swimmming & diving. The District 1 squad included student athletes from Division II and III schools from New England and New York.
A Dean´s High Honors student and member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Spring All-Academic Team, Bakanas graduated with a degree in music technology and computer science.
During commencement weekend, Bakanas was honored with the College´s Brown/Brooks Award. Established by the Connecticut College Class of 1984, the Award is given to the outstanding male and female student-athletes who best represent the graduating class in scholarship, leadership and sportsmanship. The award is named after its first recipients, Tammy Brown '84 and Jim Brooks '84.
A two-year captain for the Camels, Bakanas helped change the direction of the program as a leader and educator to her teammates and as an explosive scoring threat for a young squad. Bakanas netted 48 goals this spring as the improved Camels finish with a winning record of 8-6. In four years of competition, Bakanas shredded the nets with 167 goals.
The senior driver was named to the Division III All-Tournament and All-Conference Teams for the Camels.
Connecticut College Head Men´s and Women´s Water Polo Coach JJ Addison will miss Bakanas´ competitive spirit in practice and game situations.
"Phoebe is sweet young woman on land but in the pool, she took on a whole different persona as a fearless competitor," Addison said. "She could shoot and score from any position in the pool and had a great vision for the game that allowed her to set up her teammates."
An accomplished musician, Bakanas recently received the Sarah Nichols ´46 Award. The award is presented to a music major that makes the greatest contribution to the musical life of the campus. Bakanas has also been recognized by the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology with the Smalley/Zahler Award.
On campus, Bakanas served as a head resident of a campus dormitory, supervising and counseling 70 student residents.
May 27, 2010