New Haven, Conn. (January 18, 2011) – Ten University of the Sciences in Philadelphia student-athletes were named to the 2010 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Fall All-Academic Team as announced by the conference office.
To qualify for the honor, recipients must have maintained at least a 3.50 cumulative grade-point average, participated in a fall CACC championship sport, and been at least a sophomore academically and athletically. The ten Devils were among 151 honorees in six sports from all 14 conference schools. Seven of the ten are repeat selections from last year’s team.
Amongst the seven repeat selections, senior women’s volleyball player Christine Puschak (Conestoga Valley High School/Leola, Pa.) and junior men's cross country runner Martin Farrell (Monsignor Bonner High School/ Drexel Hill, Pa.) were amongst 20 CACC student-athletes to be named to the CACC Fall Academic Team three times. Puschak is the first women’s volleyball player in school history to be named the CACC Fall Academic Team three times, while Farrell is the third men’s cross country runner.
Puschak, who last fall was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District Team for the second time, sports a 3.92 grade point average and is in her second professional year (fourth overall) in the institution’s Doctor of Pharmacy program. Farrell is also in his second professional year in the Doctor of Pharmacy program. The junior runner rebounded this year after missing all of 2009 with an injury to earn All-CACC honors in 2010. Earlier this week he was named to the Philadelphia Area Men’s Cross Country All-Academic Team. Farrell currently has a 3.53 grade point average.
Two of Farrell’s teammates, Tuynh Nguyen (Montgomery Blair High School (Md.)/Morrow, Ga.) and Francisco Garcia (Don Cesar Gascon/Balcarce, Buenos Aires, Argentina) were named to the CACC Fall Academic Team for the second time. Garcia, a junior, is a computer science major and has a 3.74 grade point average. Nguyen, also a junior, has a 3.65 grade point average and is in his second professional year in USciences’ Doctor of Pharmacy program.
Women’s Cross Country runners Unicel-Anne Flores (McNair Academic High School/Jersey City, N.J.) and Jessica Kaminski (Charter School of Wilmington /Hockessin, Del.) along with women’s tennis player Bridget Frymoyer (Governor Mifflin High School/Shillington, Pa.) round out the seven repeat selections. Kaminski has a 3.89 g.p.a. and is in her second professional year (fourth overall) in the institution's doctor of Pharmacy program. Flores is in her first professional year (third overall) in USciences’ Doctor of Pharmacy program and has a 3.84 grade point average. Frymoyer is a fourth-year microbiology major with a 3.60 grade point average.
A trio of sophomores round out the Devils ten honorees, led by women’s cross country runner, Kristin Waters (West Genesee HS/Syracuse, N.Y.). Waters, like Farrell, was also named to the Philadelphia Area All-Academic Team earlier this week. A 2009 USTFCCCA Division II All-Academic Team honoree, Kristin is a second-year pharmacy major, has a 3.76 g.p.a. and is the Devils third women’s cross country runner on this year’s academic team. Michael Pecorino (Monsignor Farrell HS/Staten Island, N.Y.) becomes the fourth men’s cross country runner on this year’s team. A physical therapy major, Pecorino has a 3.73 grade point average. Women’s tennis player Michelle Adamczyk (Nazareth Academy/Bensalem, Pa.) completes the Devils list of honorees. Adamczyk is a second year pharmacy major with a 3.51 grade point average.
A total of 66 different student athletes from the University of the Sciences have earned CACC All-Academic honors a total of 118 times since the program began in 2004. Thirty-seven of these 66 are repeat selections with 18 of those earning All-Academic honors three times and one earning All-Academic honors six times (two sports) over the past six years.