Six Cavaliers Named to VaSID Academic All-State Team
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.-Six Virginia student-athletes are members of the 2011 Academic All-State Team announced by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association (VaSID) on Friday (July 8). The Virginia student-athletes include junior Sarah Borchelt (rowing), junior Anna Corrigan (cross country/track and field), senior Stephanie Garcia (cross country/track and field), junior Danny Hultzen (baseball), senior Ayla Smith (track and field) and junior Matt Snyder (wrestling).
The team represents 30 state schools. Each school was allowed to nominate six individuals who had to be at least a sophomore and have a minimum grade point average of 3.2.
Borchelt, a nursing major from Sterling, Mass., was named the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was a member of the All-ACC Academic Rowing Team for the second consecutive year. She was a member of Virginia’s Varsity Eight that finished seventh at the 2011 NCAA Championships and was a team tri-captain. Borchelt has been named a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Scholar-Athlete each of the last two years.
Corrigan, a systems engineering major from Burke, Va., earned 2011 Capital One First-Team Academic All-District honors and was a member of the All-ACC Women’s Academic Outdoor Track and Field Team. She was a NCAA East Preliminary Round qualifier in the 10,000m and finished 15th with a personal-best time of 33:58.64. That time ranks eighth on Virginia’s all-time list in the event and she narrowly missed qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. At the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Corrigan scored in two events, finishing fifth in the 10k and eighth in the 5k.
Garcia, an English major from South Riding, Va., was a member of the 2011 All-ACC Women’s Academic Outdoor Track and Field Team and the 2010 All-ACC Women’s Academic Cross Country Team. She also received All-Academic honors from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Garcia holds the all-time ACC record and UVa’s school record in the steeplechase (9:47.29), in addition to the ACC meet record and Duke’s Wallace Wade facility record (9:55.10). The two-time All-American became the highest individual finisher on the track for Virginia’s women’s program at this year’s NCAA Track and Field Championships when she finished second in the steeplechase with a time of 9:47.29. Garcia was a four-time NCAA qualifier in the event and won two ACC steeplechase titles during her career. During the 2010 cross country season last fall, she earned All-Regional honors for the fourth consecutive year with a 10th place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional and she notched All-ACC honors for the second time with a ninth place finish at the ACC Championships. Garcia was also Virginia’s top finisher at the NCAA Championships with an 84th place finish.
Hultzen, a history major from Bethesda, Md., became the first Virginia baseball player to earn first-team All-America honors three times. He also earned Capital One First-Team Academic All-America honors. Hultzen went 12-3 with a 1.37 ERA this season as he earned ACC Pitcher of the Year honors for the second straight year. Hultzen set school single-season records with 12 wins and 165 strikeouts and broke the career records in each of those categories as well, with 32 wins and 395 strikeouts. Following the season Hultzen claimed the John Olerud Two-Way Player Award, presented to the top two-way player in college baseball.
Smith, a kinesiology major from Winchester, Va., was a member of the All-ACC Women’s Academic Outdoor Track and Field Team for the fourth time in 2011 and a Capital One Second-Team Academic All-District selection. A second-team All-American in the 400m hurdles in 2011, she was a four-time ACC finalist and a two-time ECAC Champion in the event. Smith finished her UVa career as the school record holder in each of the hurdle events, including the 100m hurdles (13.51) and 400m hurdles (56.54) outdoors and the 60m hurdles indoors (8.39).
Snyder, a kinesiology major from Lewistown, Pa., was named All-ACC for the second straight season and earned an automatic berth at 125 pounds in the NCAA Championships, where he went 3-2 and reached the round of 12. He was a Capital One Second-Team Academic All-District and All-ACC Academic Wrestling Team honoree as well. Snyder went 26-11 with seven falls for the Cavaliers in 2010-11. He will live on the Lawn next year, one of the premier honors accorded at the University.