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Carapcea, Chen Named to America East Women's Tennis All-Academic Squad
Cornelia Carapcea will be UMBC's salutatorian in next week's undergraduate graduation ceremony.
Carapcea’s accomplishments on the tennis courts include 97 career match victories, All Conference honors in 2007-08 and a perfect 8-0 record in America East Championship competition. Off the court, she earned Third Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All American honors last spring and has maintained a 4.00 grade-point average in a double major in information systems/financial economics and maintains a 4.00 grade-point average. She has been inducted into the National Collegiate Honor Society and will be UMBC’s salutatorian at graduation in just a few days.
Chen posted a 7-4 record at No. 1 doubles this season and is 27-17 at that position in her career. She is one of the team’s top singles players as well and has a career mark of 14-7 at the No. 1 singles slot. She also maintains a 4.00 grade-point average in the double majors of Biochemistry/Molecular Biology.
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The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Director meetings, where faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference’s nine member institutions decided to honor the league’s top student-athletes, whom excel equally in the classroom as they do on the playing field.
For the last two academic years, the All-Academic Team has been selected based on a formula. Starting this year, America East has adopted a more subjective approach based on feedback from various coaches’ groups and administrators and approval by the athletic directors. The process will now resemble the CoSIDA’s Academic All-America program. Student-athletes worthy of consideration will now be nominated by member sports information directors and voted on by committee of SIDs, academic advisors and faculty representatives from all nine member institutions.
All-Academic squads for team sports are based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time (example: six players in tennis) or are made up of 10 student-athletes for individual sports. There may be more student-athletes recognized if a tie exists or fewer if eligibility requirements limit the number of nominees. To be nominated for the distinction, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve for their team and participate in at least 50 percent of their team’s games or competitions. In the classroom, student-athletes must have a 3.30 GPA and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. Freshmen are not eligible for consideration.