Gannon University's Colleen Harriger Named to 2012 CoSIDA Capital One Divsion II Academic All-District II At-Large First Team
ERIE, Pa. -- Gannon University's Colleen Harriger (Sr., Erie, Pa./McDowell) earned notice on the 2012 College Sports Information Directors (CoSIDA) Capital One Division II Academic All-District II At-Large First Team. She moves into consideration for the Academic All-America team, which will announced early next month.
Harriger earned her third academic
all-district honor with a 3.97 cumulative grade-point average as a
Pre-Med/Biology major. A two-sport athlete as a swimmer and water
polo player, Harriger has been named to the Academic All-District
II first team the last two years and the third team as a sophomore.
She landed a spot on the Capital One Academic All-America second
team as a junior.
A Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Scholar-Athlete every year, Harriger received the Division II Athletics Directors Association (DII ADA) Academic Achievement Award the last two seasons. She qualified for the 2012 PSAC Swimming Championships in the 400-yard IM and the 200-yard butterfly.
Harriger recorded 65 goals, 52 assists, 70 steals, 11 earned kickouts and 11 field saves as a water polo player this season. She broke the school's single-season assist record while producing the third-most steals (70) and fifth-most goals (65) in school history. Harriger ranks second all-time at Gannon in assists (110), second in steals (187) and third in goals (208).
She is one of six women's water polo players to make an All-District team joining Division I District I selection Chelsea Beck of Wagner College, Division II District 8 picks Claire Pierce of California State University-East Bay and the duo of Nikki Smart and Jackie Walters of California State University-Monterey Bay. In addition, Perri Hopkins of Pomona-Pitzer Colleges garnered Division III District 8 honors.
The 2012 Capital One Academic All-District II women's at-large teams were selected by members of CoSIDA in eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. The at-large teams consist of all sports except football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, track and field, softball and cross country. The first-team members will now move to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration. The Academic All-America teams for Division I, II, III and the College Division (NAIA) are scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 6.
District II consists of all NCAA Division II colleges and universities that compete in the Central Intercollegiate, Pennsylvania State and West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conferences. To be nominated for the Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.3 cumulative grade-point average and a starter or significant reserve on her team.
This is the first year of the expanded Academic All-America program as CoSIDA moves from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non Division I) and doubles the number of scholar-athletes honored. The teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
The Capital One Division II and III Academic All-America program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2011-12 DII and DIII Academic All-America teams program.