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Six Student-Athletes Named to NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Squad In Women's Swimming and Diving

Melissa Nelson Babson Park, Mass. - March 7, 2008 - The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference announced its 2007-08 Women's Swimming & Diving Academic All-Conference Team on Friday.

Six student athletes from the women's swimming and diving team were honored for their excellence in the classroom. Elizabeth Belmont, Meghan Feran, Melissa Nelson , Kelley Ockerbloom, Kristen Schadow,and Caitlin Studer-Sweetman were all recognized by the NEWMAC.

Honorees must have met the following criteria: earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5/4.0 scale or 4.35/5.0 scale after the 2007 fall semester, achieved second year academic status at her institution, and been a member of the varsity team for the entire season.

The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference consists of 10 highly selective institutions committed to academic excellence: Babson College, Clark University, U.S Coast Guard Academy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Springfield College, Wellesley College, Wheaton College, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

The 2007-08 NEWMAC Women's Swimming & Diving Academic All-Conference Team

Jessica Baker -2009 -Clark
Kara Bochicchio -2008 -Clark
Korin Danchise-Curtis -2009 -Clark
Caitlin Hanson -2008 -Clark
Kaleigh Lagasse -2009 -Clark
Cori Stewart -2010 -Clark
Lina Anderson -2008 -Coast Guard
Sarah Hohnstadt -2008 -Coast Guard
Ariana Pourmonir -2010 -Coast Guard
Tara Schendorf -2008 -Coast Guard
Shea Winterberger -2009 -Coast Guard
Clara Bennett -2010 -MIT
Lauren Cipicchio -2010 -MIT
Abigail Clark -2009 -MIT
Erika Erickson -2008 -MIT
Kristen Felch -2009 -MIT
Doria Holbrook -2008 -MIT
Sarah King -2010 -MIT
Caroline Lowenthal -2009 -MIT
Jackie Nowicke -2008 -MIT
Rachel Price -2010 -MIT
Ellie Souganidis -2010 -MIT
Kaidi Wang -2009 -MIT
Meredith Bartelstein -2008 -Mount Holyoke
Grace Bauer -2008 -Mount Holyoke
Alexandra de Rivera -2008 -Mount Holyoke
Amanda McGrosky -2010 -Mount Holyoke
Lisa Nash -2009 -Mount Holyoke
Sarah Stack -2010 -Mount Holyoke
Carol Stafford -2008 -Mount Holyoke
Virginia Taylor -2008 -Mount Holyoke
Rachel Dorset -2010 -Smith
Christine Dzialo -2010 -Smith
Shanti Freitas -2008 -Smith
Adrienne Klein -2010 -Smith
Alison Yum -2010 -Smith
Elizabeth Belmont -2009 -Springfield
Meghan Feran - 2010 -Springfield
Melissa Nelson -2008 -Springfield
Kelley Ockerbloom -2008 -Springfield
Kristen Schadow -2009 -Springfield
Caitlin Studer-Sweetman -2009 -Springfield

Becky Hanna -2008 -Wellesley
Emilie Mitten -2010 -Wellesley
Kate Sorenson -2009 -Wellesley
Alex Stark -2010 -Wellesley
Caitlin Glover -2009 -Wheaton
Iris Meehan -2010 -Wheaton
Abby Pratt -2008 -Wheaton
Jessie Brasefield -2009 -WPI
Allison Elder -2008 -WPI
Morgan Guardino -2010 -WPI

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