NEW YORK - The Columbia field hockey team had 13 student-athletes named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I National Academic Squad. The number was the second highest among the other schools in the Ivy League.
"The team in general did an excellent job in focusing their energies to succeeding in the classroom," said head coach Marybeth Freeman. "But looking at these specific 13 individuals, seeing their time management abilities and their dedication to excelling academically is admirable. I'm proud of this squad and I'm proud of how they represent this University and program."
The National Academic Squad recognizes student-athletes who have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 through the first semester of the 2010-11 academic year.
This year's Academic Squad honorees included Caitlin Mullins and Hannah Smith who were both named to the team for the fourth time in their career, and Rebecca Barrett, Lauren Byrne and Janelle Greene who were honored for the third time.
Julia Garrison, Carson Christus, Desi Scherf, Molly Andrews, and Paige Simmons earned the nod for the second year, while first-years Danielle Cosentino, Creaghan Peters, and Anna Tichy were first time honorees.
In addition to the individuals, the team as a whole was one of 63 Division I field hockey programs honored with the 2010 Gladiator by SGI / NFHCA Division I National Academic Team Award. This is given to teams that have a team GPA greater than 3.0.