Hobart and William Smith Colleges student-athletes earned 45 academic awards across its winter sports teams. The nationally ranked Hobart hockey team led the way with 12.
The awards come from three different organizations, the Liberty League, the ECAC, and the Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association. All three groups require students to be at least a sophomore academically. To earn ECAC honors, a student must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. For Liberty League recognition, students must maintain a minimum 3.2 GPA. The UNYSCSA requires an average 3.3 GPA over the previous two semesters.
Ranked fourth in the nation in both polls, Hobart hockey collected a dozen academic honors on the eve of its NCAA quarterfinal against UMass Boston. The Statesmen have tied the program record for wins in a season, entering its second straight NCAA tournament appearance with a 21-4-2 record. Hobart won its second consecutive ECAC West regular season and tournament championships.
The William Smith swimming and diving team earned nine Liberty League academic awards and six from the UNYSCSA. The Herons, who went 8-2 in dual meets, finished fifth at the Liberty League Championships and ninth at the UNYSCSA Championships.
In its second varsity season, the William Smith hockey team has nine students recognized by the ECAC West. On the ice, the Herons made a five-win improvement over their inaugural season, posting an 8-15-2 record. William Smith entered the final weekend of the regular season in contention for a playoff spot.
The Heron basketball team put six students on the Liberty League All-Academic squad. William Smith hasn’t had more All-Academic honorees since landing seven on the 2005-06 team. On the court, William Smith finished the season with a 10-14 overall record, a six-game improvement over last season. The Herons, who were picked to finish eighth in the league’s preseason coaches poll, posted an 8-8 conference mark, tying for fifth place.
Hobart basketball had two students earn Liberty League All-Academic honors. The youthful Statesmen finished the year with a 12-13 overall record. Hobart exceeded the coaches’ preseason poll prediction by one spot, tying for fourth place in the Liberty League standings with an 8-8 record.
Hobart squash had one student named Liberty League All-Academic. The Statesmen finished the season with an 8-14 overall record, ranked 23rd in the nation after a seventh place finish in the Summers Cup.
To see a list of the individual student-athletes honored, click on the headlines below:
12 Statesmen named to ECAC West All-Academic team
Heron swimmers recognized for academic work
9 Herons tabbed ECAC West All-Academic
Heron hoops lands 6 on all-academic squad
Grattan, Ruddy garner all-academic honors
Cabrera nets Liberty League All-Academic honors