FOREST, Va. – Another sports season is just over the horizon, but 112 Bridgewater Eagles student-athletes were recognized on Monday afternoon for their successes in the classroom during the 2011-12 academic year as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) announced its All-Academic team.
Bridgewater’s 112 selections to the All-Academic team was the third-highest total in the ODAC for the 2011-12 academic year behind Washington and Lee (266) and Lynchburg (134).
Aside from the accomplishments of the group, women’s tennis standout Katy Bergey rose to the top of the heap on the courts and in the classroom by being named the ODAC Scholar Athlete of the Year in women’s tennis.
For the second year in a row, the Bridgewater College equestrian team had the most selections to the list from the athletic teams at Bridgewater with 30 riders being named to the All-Academic squad. Last year, the Equestrian team led the way with 24 selections.
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference All-Academic Team eclipsed 1,000 student-athletes for the sixth consecutive year and set a new high-water mark for conference honorees for the third year in a row. With representatives from each of the 17 ODAC institutions (including Catholic University for football only, Greensboro College and Notre Dame of Maryland University for swimming only, and Shenandoah University for field hockey and track & field only), 1,350 student-athletes earned recognition on the 2011-12 ODAC All-Academic Team.
Eligibility for the ODAC All-Academic Team is open to any student-athlete that competes in a conference-sponsored sport, regardless of academic class. He or she must achieve at least a 3.25 grade point average for the year to be considered for an ODAC All-Academic Award.
Washington and Lee University placed the most student-athletes on the list with 266 individuals on the academic team. Bridgewater College, Emory & Henry College, Lynchburg College and Virginia Wesleyan College also boast at least 100 student-athletes on the list with 114 Eagles, 100 Wasps, 134 Hornets and 112 Marlins represented.