COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College women's swimming & diving senior Lindsay McNall (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) became the first member in the history of her program to earn the Northeast-10 Conference Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award, it was announced on Thursday.
McNall was also among 67 student-athletes across seven sports selected for an NE10 Academic All-Conference accolade for the winter athletic season, including 10 from women's swimming & diving programs. Purple Knights have been honored 16 times in the past 13 seasons, as the women's swimming & diving team ran its streak to nine years of having at least one selection. McNall is the fourth member of her program to be named NE10 Academic All-Conference multiple times in her career, having also been lauded as a sophomore.
McNall put together a historic season as a senior, first landing three all-conference finishes at the NE10 Championship - including winning the 100- and 200-yard backstroke races - before becoming the first Purple Knight swimmer to ever qualify for the NCAA Championship. At the national meet, she also earned the first Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) All-America finish by a Saint Michael's swimmer or diver, taking 15th in the 100 back. She led the team in total (27), individual (15) and relay (12) wins this winter, finishing with 102 total victories for her career.
A six-time NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll qualifier, McNall was a five-time NE10 All-Conference finisher, three-time NE10 champion and three-time New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) champion during her career, and a 2014 CSCAA Individual Scholar All-America.
The NE10 Academic All-Conference teams are chosen by a vote of a committee of athletic administrators and Faculty Athletic Representatives (FAR). To be eligible for selection to the Academic All-Conference teams, a student-athlete must have met and/or exceeded the following minimum requirements: 1) participated in at least half of the team's competitions and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average; and 3) completed at least one academic year at their current institution.
The Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award winners for each sport are also chosen by a committee of athletic administrators and FARs. Candidates must have completed at least two consecutive semesters of enrollment at their institution, two total years of athletic eligibility and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30.