May 25, 2011

Four Track & Field Student-Athletes Named to All-Academic Teams

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Graduate student Paul DeTurk (Durham, N.H.) of the University of New Hampshire men's outdoor track & field team, as well as graduate student Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.) and seniors Kaitlyn Dugan (Hatfield, Pa.) and Kaitlin Kwiecien (Hampstead, N.H.) of the women's squad, were named to the America East All-Academic Team, announced by the league Wednesday afternoon.

DeTurk, who was named to the outdoor All-Academic Team for the second year in a row, is pursuing a master's degree in political science with a 3.67 GPA. DeTurk won the hammer throw at the New England Championships with a toss of 60.91m, one week after placing second in the event at the America East Championships.

Ciambra, who is pursuing a master's degree in secondary education with a 4.00 GPA, is a repeat selection to the outdoor All-Academic Team after making the squad during her sophomore and senior seasons. Ciambra has enjoyed another impressive season in the pole vault, as she set a new meet record in a winning effort at New Englands and captured her third title at the America East Championships, where she broke her own school mark as well as the all-time conference championship record.

Dugan, a chemistry major with a 3.98 GPA and a member of last season's outdoor All-Academic Team, placed third in the heptathlon at the conference championships and took fourth in the event at New Englands. Earlier this season, Dugan earned a second-place finish at the Holy Cross Heptathlon with 4,109 points.

Kwiecien, a civil engineering major with a 3.94 GPA, finished fourth in the 800m at the conference championships in a time of 2:12.18. Earlier in the season, she helped the 4x800m relay team finish eighth in the College Division at the prestigious Penn Relays.

The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Director meetings, where faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference's nine member institutions decided to honor the league's top student-athletes, whom excel equally in the classroom as they do on the playing field. 

For the third straight year, America East will select the All-Academic teams using CoSIDA's Academic All-America program as a model. Student-athletes worthy of consideration are nominated by member sports information directors and voted on by a committee of SIDs, academic advisors and faculty representatives from all nine member institutions.

All-Academic squads for team sports are based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time or are made up of 10 student-athletes for individual sports, but can be more if there is a tie in voting. To be nominated for the distinction, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve for their team and participate in at least 50 percent of their team's games or competitions. In the classroom, student-athletes must have a 3.30 GPA and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. Freshmen are not eligible for consideration.

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