CAC Announces 2008-2009 All-Academic Team
YORK, Pa. - The Capital Athletic Conference announced that 920 student-athletes from the nine full-member institutions competing in 19 championship sports were named to the 2008-09 All-Academic Team.
Student-athletes in one or more CAC championship sports that attain a 3.20 grade point average (GPA) for the academic year earn a berth on the 2008-09 All-Academic Team.
It's the third-straight year the CAC totaled at least 900 on the All-Academic Team. In 2006-07, 10 institutions, including Hood College and Stevenson University (formerly Villa Julie College) during a transition year, combined for 942 student-athletes on the CAC All-Academic Team. Last year, there were 900 members on the All-Academic Team.
St. Mary's College of Maryland led the way with 54.1 percent of its student-athletes (132 out of 244) in the 13 CAC championship sports sponsored earning a berth on the 2008-09 All-Academic Team.
York College of Pa., the only CAC institution to sponsor all 19 championship sports, placed a conference-best 187 student-athletes on the 2008-09 All-Academic Team. YCP was also second in the percentage of student-athletes on the All-Academic team (42.5%).
Salisbury University edged St. Mary's for second place in the total number of student-athletes (136). In the percentage of total student-athletes category, York (46.2%), Gallaudet University (45.6%) and Marymount University (42.9%) ranked second through fourth, respectively.
Stevenson University (110) and the University of Mary Washington (108) gave the CAC five member institutions with at least 100 student-athletes on the 2008-09 All-Academic Team. York, Mary Washington, Stevenson, Marymount University (76) and Gallaudet University (62) all increased in total number of student-athletes on the All-Academic Team compared to 2007-08.
Gallaudet, Marymount, Stevenson and Wesley College also showed significant increases in the percentage of student-athletes on the CAC All-Academic Team. Gallaudet improved more than 10 percentage points, from 35.2% of its student-athletes in 2007-08 to 45.6 this season. Stevenson had the next best imprqwdovement, increasing more than seven points from 29.2% to 36.7%. Marymount's improvement was just under seven percentage points, from 36.1% last year to 42.9% this year. Wesley improved nearly six percentage points from 20.0% to 25.9%.
Total Student Athletes
York, Pa. 187
St. Mary's, Md. 132
Mary Washington 108
Percentage of Student Athletes
St. Mary's, Md. 54.1
Mary Washington 28.3