February 9, 2012

Nine Southern Vermont Athletes Earn Academic All-Conference

BENNINGTON, Vt.- The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) named 172 student-athletes to the Academic All-Conference team for the 2011 fall semester. To be eligible for the NECC Academic All-Conference, a student-athlete must post a minimum grade point average of 3.40 on a scale of 4.00 and must be a sophomore or higher in class standings. Student-athletes who competed in men's and women's cross country, men's golf, field hockey, men's and women's soccer,  women's tennis and women's volleyball were eligible for fall NECC academic honors.

Southern Vermont College had nine students represented on the Academic All-Conference team. Three members of the Men’s Soccer team, two from the Women’s Soccer team, three from Women’s Volleyball and one from Women’s Cross Country.

The NECC regular season and conference champion Women’s Volleyball team was represented on the All-Academic team by Hershey Canta, Danielle Healis, and Cindyline Sevilla, all three of whom start. Canta who will graduate with a radiologic technology degree set the Southern Vermont career assists mark this past season. Healis a first team All-NECC member is working towards her degree in Health Care. Sevilla who was also an integral part of the Mountaineers amazing season is en route to graduate with a Nursing degree. Healis and Sevilla with both return to the Mountaineers in the fall of 2012.

The Men’s Soccer program also had three representatives on the All-Academic team. The Mountaineers also clinched the NECC regular season crown before being knocked out in the conference championship game. Senior captain Sean Moore, fellow senior Brett Clatworthy, and Sophomore Doug Spingola all earned over a 3.4 cumulative GPA this past semester. Spingola and Moore are working towards a business degree while Clatworthy is on track to earn his Sports Management degree this spring.

After the most successful season in the last twelve years on the field and a NECC playoff berth the Women’s Soccer team put two athletes on the Academic team. Juniors Danielle Celotto and Whitney Cole each achieved the mark to earn the honor. Celotto is working towards her degree in Nursing while Cole studies Radiologic Technology at SVC.

Sara Burds represented the Women’s Cross Country team on the Academic All-Conference squad. Burds who was named SVC’s most improved runner improved her time over five minutes from the start of the season to the end. The sophomore is also a nursing major at Southern Vermont.

“We had a lot of success on the fields and court this fall. All five of our sports competed in the post season. However, this achievement is what SVC Athletics and Division III athletics is about. It shows the true commitment and meaning to the word student-athlete,” said the Southern Vermont Athletics Department.