CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- Senior Cornelia Carapcea (Constanta, Romania) and junior Dominic Devaud (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) were named America East Scholar Athletes for women's tennis and men's indoor track and field, respectively, the conference announced Tuesday. The conference named members of teams in the 15 championship sports which America East offered in the winter and spring seasons, that represent the best of the America East Conference both academically and athletically.
Devaud becomes the fifth Retriever to recieve this honor, while Carapcea has won the award for the third consecutive season. With the two this year, UMBC has been awarded 12 Scholar Athlete awards in six years in the America East.
Carapcea, who graduated from UMBC as co-salutatorian with a 4.00 GPA in financial economics and information systems, was named an Academic All-American by ESPN The Magazine and CoSIDA for the second straight year. A three-time Scholar-Athlete, Carapcea was a second-team All-America East selection in both singles and doubles as a sophomore and junior and was also named to the conference's All-Academic squad as a senior.
Devaud, a junior with a 3.68 GPA in mechanical engineering, won the heptathalon at the 2009 Indoor Track & Field Championship and posted top-six finishes in the pole vault (fifth) and 55-meter hurdles (sixth). Devaud, an All-Academic honoree, also received Academic All-District recognition from CoSIDA and is on the America East Academic Honor Roll.
University of Vermont's Joe Serafin (Tariffville, Conn.) was the winner in baseball, while Boston University's Matt Wolff (Walpole, Mass.) and Vermont's May Kotsopoulos (Waterloo, Ontario) were selected in men's and women's basketball. University at Albany's Jessica Signorelli (Fairport, N.Y.) was the Scholar-Athlete for golf, while fellow Great Dane Garrett Pedley (Bow, N.H.) and Vermont's Kristen Millar (Whitby, Ontario) received the honor in men's and women's lacrosse. Albany's Meagan Butsch (Tomball, Texas) was the honoree for softball and Boston U.'s Andre Watson (Hempstead, N.Y.) and Emily Munday (Butte, Mont.) were named recipients in men's and women's swimming & diving. Binghamton University's Sven Vloedgraven (Lochem, Netherlands) and UMBC's Cornelia Carapcea (Constanta, Romania) took the men's and women's tennis awards. UMBC's Dominic Devaud (Baltimore, Md.) and Boston U.'s Andrea Walkonen (Jaffrey, N.Y.) were chosen in men's and women's indoor track & field and Albany's Valete Graham (Bronx, N.Y.) and University of Hartford's Elizabeth Foster (Ellington, Conn.) garnered men's and women's outdoor track & field honors to round out the selections.
A committee of athletic administrators and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives chose an honoree in each of the six winter and nine spring championship sports. Each America East Scholar-Athlete was a starter or prominent reserve and carries a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.20.
These 15 winners will be added to the six Scholar-Athletes from the fall to comprise the ballots for the America East Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year, which will be announced Wednesday, July 22.