Swimmers Sam Gill ’14 and Julia Pielock ’14 each earned All-America status with top-10 finishes at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championship in late March. Runner Michael LeDuc ’14 also earned All-America honors – for the fourth time – with a third-place finish in the 5,000-meter run at the 2013 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championship last month.
Gill finished third in the 100-yard backstroke and in the 100-yard butterfly, while Pielock finished 10th in the 50-yard freestyle.
LeDuc’s third place finish was his highest yet in a national championship.
“We are really proud of Mike’s performance,” Coach Ned Bishop said. “It was another great national meet for him.
LeDuc was previously named an All-American after a 13th-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship, a fourth place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2012 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championship and a sixth-place finish in the same race at the 2011 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
Also in indoor track and field, Kim Bolick ’15 finished 13th in the one-mile run at the 2013 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championship last month.
Seven members of the men’s swimming and diving team and four members of the women’s team were named to the 2013 All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) swimming and diving teams.
In addition to Gill, men’s swimmers Drew Andre ’16, Loring Bowen ’16, Kirk Czelewicz ’15, Cameron Johnson ’15, Bohdan Martin ’15 and Patrick McGinnis ’15 were named to the team.
“To have a third of your team make All-NESCAC is pretty special,” said Coach Marc Benvenuti, who was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year for the fourth time.
Pielock was named to the All-NESCAC women’s team, along with teammates Sarah Lauridsen ’16, Sam Pierce ’16 and Emma Rotner ’16.
Also earning All-NESCAC honors is squash player Caleb Garza ’13. The senior capped his collegiate career with his fourth consecutive appearance on the all-conference squad.
“Work ethic is where it all starts with Caleb,” Coach Chris O’Brien said. “This one individual, in the three years I have worked with him, has helped rejuvenate Connecticut College squash.”
Eight student-athletes were selected for NESCAC All-Sportsmanship honors by the players and coaches from their respective team for their positive contributions to sportsmanship. The 2013 Winter All-Sportsmanship Team honorees are Joe Gibson ’14 (men’s swimming and diving), Kevin Kelly ’14 (men’s ice hockey), Leah Puklin ’15 (women’s squash), Kacie Quick ’13 (women’s basketball), Emma Rotner ’16 (women’s swimming and diving), Samantha Schuffenecker ’13 (women’s ice hockey), Jared Shill ’16 (men’s basketball) and Asa Welty ’13 (men’s squash).
In addition to impressive athletic accolades, 66 student-athletes were named to the NESCAC’s 2013 Winter All-Academic Team. To be honored, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore academic standing and be a varsity letter-winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35. Transfer students must have completed one year of study at Connecticut College.
Connecticut College’s 2013 NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team is: