Gannon's Val Adams Named to ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Team

Val Adams
Val Adams

ERIE, Pa. -- Gannon University graduate Val Adams (Erie, Pa./McDowell) has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America at-large third team released Thursday afternoon. The at-large teams consist of all sports with the exception of football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, and cross country.

Adams landed a spot on the women’s all-district first team for the second consecutive season in late May. The senior was a two-sport athlete, being a standout for Gannon’s water polo and swim teams. Adams concluded her water polo career with 21 goals, 19 assists, 24 steals, and 15 earned kickouts in 2008. She ranks third all-time at Gannon in assists (74), fifth in steals (137), fifth in earned kickouts (61), and seventh in goals (84).

The Erie, Pa., native participated in the 400-yard IM, 200-yard backstroke, and 800-freestyle relay during the 2007-08 swim season. Adams was also part of the relay team that holds the school record (4:06.80) in the 400-yard medley relay.

In the classroom, Adams owns a 3.95 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in Mechanical Engineering. She is also a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) All-Academic team.

The 2008 Academic All-America at-large teams were selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). To be nominated for the Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average and a starter or significant reserve on her team.

The complete 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America teams can be found at

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