The Virginia Sports Information Directors announced today that six Sweet Briar student-athletes have earned recognition as part of the VaSID Academic All-State team for the 2017-18 academic year.
To be eligible, a student-athlete was required to hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher and be at least a sophomore in standing.
The six Sweet Briar honorees joined 217 student-athletes from 37 college and universities across the Commonwealth of Virginia as members of the VaSID Academic All-State team.
Sweet Briar honorees in 2017-18 were recent graduates Marina Biel (Palmyra, Va.), Lydia Gullicksen (Nantucket, Mass.), Elizabeth Phaup (Amherst, Va.), Rachel Rogers (Providence Forge, Va.) and Claire Zak (Saint Cloud, Fla.). Also earning recognition was rising junior Lacey Tucker (Swansboro, N.C.).
Gullicksen (Cross Country, Business and English) and Zak (Swimming, Archaeology and Classics) become two-time VaSID Academic All-State honorees. Zak is also a four-time ODAC All-Academic recipient, while Gullicksen was recognized by the ODAC on three occasions.
Biel (Equestrian/Golf, Engineering), Phaup (Lacrosse/Soccer, Psychology), Rogers (Field Hockey, Dance) and Tucker (Soccer/Tennis, Engineering) all earned their first recognition from VaSID.
Phaup, a three-time ODAC All-Academic honoree, was also recognized in 2018 as Honorable Mention All-Independent Women’s Lacrosse. Biel and Tucker each earned their second nod as ODAC All-Academic earlier this month, while Rogers adds VaSID recognition to her place on the 2017-18 Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA/ Division III National Academic Squad.
The Vixens’ three dual-sport student-athletes were the most from a single school in 2017-18. They joined 13 other two-sport student-athletes in receiving academic laurels.