Three Landmark Females Named Academic All-Americas
MADISON, N.J. - The Women's 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Division III At-Large Teams released on Tuesday featured three Landmark Conference seniors who closed their careers with the distinguished honor.
Juniata field hockey standout Caitlyn Bowman was honored with a first-team selection, while The Catholic University of America earned two honorees with two-sport standout Mary Swarthout claiming second-team honors and fellow two-sport performer Tracey Scanlon placing on the third team.
Bowman, the 21st Academic All-American in Juniata history and is only the seventh Juniata student-athlete to gain First team honors and the first field hockey player on a CoSIDA Academic All-America team. Bowman, finished her career with 15 goals, eight assists for 38 points. In her senior season she tallied six goals and two assists, including game winning goals against Stevens (9/4) and Susquehanna (10/5). A 2010-11 CoSIDA Women's At-Large Second Team Academic All-District selection, Bowman also received Juniata's John E. Blood Award for the highest senior student-athlete GPA coupled with athletic achievement.
Off the field, Bowman, is a three-time Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll selection, she interned at NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Summer 2011 and conducted genetics research at Juniata during her senior year. Bowman will be attending Johns Hopkins University as part of a Biology PhD program beginning in Fall 2012. "I couldn't be prouder of Caitlyn and her accomplishments, there is just no one else I can think of who deserves this more than her. The dedication and enthusiasm she brought to her athletic and educational programs over her four years at Juniata is simply unmatched. I can't wait to see the great things to come from her in her graduate level research," said Juniata head field hockey coach Caroline Gillich.
A nursing major, Swarthout graduated from CUA with a 3.7 grade point average and recently put the finishing touches on one of CUA's most distinguished academic and athletic careers. Swarthout helped lead the women's lacrosse and field hockey teams to five conference championships during her time in the red and black. Swarthout is just the second student-athlete in school history to be named a three-time All-American in women's lacrosse, and the first to receive First Team All-America laurels on two occasions. Swarthout was named the Landmark Conference Player of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and was a four-time First Team All-Region and All-Conference selection. She wrapped up her career with 226 goals and 331 points. On the field hockey field, Swarthout was a two-time First Team All-Conference pick, a two-time All-Region selection and a 2011 Third Team All-American. She finished her career with 36 goals, 25 assists, 97 points and 13 game-winning goals.
In the classroom, Swarthout earned multiple selections to the Dean's List, Landmark Conference Academic Roll, NFHCA National Academic Squad and IWLCA Honor Roll. She is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, and was the recipient of the 2012 Marion Award (second most outstanding senior female student at CUA) and the 2011 Mary J. Flynn O'Dwyer Award (most outstanding female student at CUA, junior class).
A two-sport standout as well, Scanlon graduated with a marketing degree and a 3.73 GPA. She earned Dean's List, Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll and NFHCA National Academic Squad honors in multiple years and was voted the winner of the Distinguished Marketing Award, which is awarded to the most outstanding marketing student at CUA. Scanlon was also a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. On the field, Scanlon was a three-time All-Landmark Conference selection in field hockey, and in 2011 she became the first First Team All-American in that sport in school history.
Scanlon also helped lead the Cardinals to their first conference title and NCAA Tournament appearance this past season, while receiving conference Player of the Year honors, and first team All-Conference and All-Region recognition. A native of Pennsylvania, Scanlon was a two-time All-Conference honoree in softball, wrapping up her career with 102 hits, 79 runs scored, 41 RBIs, 16 stolen bases and a 94.1 fielding percentage.
The Landmark had four Academic All-District selections this season and three a year ago, but had no Academic All-America selections on the At-Large team last year.
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