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Marisa Clapp Makes History

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., June 24, 2004 – Springfield College senior Marisa Clapp is one of 15 student-athletes named to the 2004 Academic All-America College Division Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country First Team, announced today.

Clapp, who hails from Charlton, Mass., earned First-Team Academic All-America honors in 2003 and second-team accolades in 2002. She is the first Springfield College athlete to earn First-Team Academic All-America honors twice, and she is also the first to be voted to three Academic All-America teams. Clapp is one of just five SC student-athletes to achieve First-Team Academic All-America status.

“What can you about Marisa?” said Dr. Cathie Schweitzer, director of athletics. “Not only is she an elite athlete and an accomplished student, but she also served on our student-athlete advisory council. Marisa is a model student-athlete.”

Clapp, a five-time Division III All-American in track & field and cross-country, was awarded her bachelor’s degree in sports management in December, finishing with a 3.95 grade-point average. She was one of 29 female fall sport student-athletes across Divisions I, II and III to earn a post-graduate scholarship, and one of just 10 winners in Division III, to be awarded a $7,500 post-graduate scholarship from the NCAA.

In cross-country, Clapp earned three consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Runner-of-the-Year honors (2001, '02 and '03). She is a two-time All-American in the sport, finishing 18th at the 2002 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships and 12th at the 2001 nationals.

As a member of the track & field team, Clapp placed seventh in the 1,500-meter event (4:32.98) at the 2003 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships to earn her third career All-America title in the sport. Earlier in the season, Clapp was named the NEWMAC Women's Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year after winning the 800, 1,500, and 5,000-meter events at the conference outdoor track & field championships.

Clapp was named Springfield College’s Outstanding Senior Female Individual Sport Athlete and the co-Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year for 2003-‘04.

To be eligible for the Academic Academic All-America team, a student-athlete must compete at a Division II or III institution and have been named to the Academic All-District First-Team. The student-athlete must have a minimum 3.2 g.p.a. and be a starter or significant reserve on the team. The honorees are voted upon by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
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