The Daily Star
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Hartwick College’s Cody Cupit and Brad Ranson recently were selected to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America’s Individual Scholar All-America First Team for their performances in the pool and the classroom.
Clare Nelson earned honored mention All-America status from the same organization, helping the Hawks women’s swimming team gain an CSCAA All-American team award for having a 3.0 team grade-point average.
Athletes who achieve GPA of 3.5 or higher and qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships are eligible for individual scholar All-America honors. Honorable mention status goes to athletes who have a 3.5 GPA or higher and achieve the “B” time standard for nationals.
Cupit, a senior captain with the Hawks this past spring, scored 408.25 points, which ranked fifth on the team. He combined with his teammates to set Hartwick records in the 200-yard medley relay (1 minute, 33.42 seconds) and the 400 medley relay (3:25.01). He was named to the UNYSCSA All-Academic Team, had eight individual wins on the year, and ranked second on the team in relay wins with 15.
Ranson, a junior, led team with 682.5 points this season. He was also a member of 20 winning relay teams, which tied for the team lead, set a Moyer Pool record in the 50 free (21.32), and was part of the record 200 medley relay team, along with the 200, 400, and 800 free relay teams, which set school records. Ranson swam in the 200 free as well as the 200 medley, 200 free, 400 free, and 800 free relays at the NCAA Championships (1:40.48) in March. The 800 free relay team came in 14th place (6:45.14) to set a school record and earn honorable mention All-American honors.
Nelson had 14 wins and six second-place finishes, and contributed to nine relay victories. She set a school record in the 200 breaststroke of 2:23.11 at UNYSCSA/Empire 8 Championships and was a part of the 200 medley relay team, which set a Hartwick record of 1:49.66. She was selected to the UNYSCSA All-Academic Team and her 425.75 points on the year ranked fourth on the squad.
Hartwick’s women had a team GPA of 3.06, ranking 131st in the nation.
Cobleskill runner recognized
Christine Ilowiecki, a member of SUNY Cobleskill’s cross-country team, was named the North Eastern Athletic Conference’s Inspirational Award winner for the 2012-13 academic year.
A mother of two with a husband serving overseas in the army, Ilowiecki qualified to compete at the NEAC Championships in the fall. She declined as she couldn’t be away from her children an extended period of time.
Ilowiecki, a junior, earned NEAC Scholar-Athlete honors and was member of Cobleskill’s Dean’s list as an applied pyschology major. She also does volunteer work for an organization that recognizes military veterans for their service abroad, along with aiding Cobleskill’s freshman move-in program and tutoring for the school’s Center for Academic Success and Excellence.