SAINT LEO, Fla. – Five Saint Leo student-athletes were named to the 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-District At-Large teams selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, as announced Thursday from the CoSIDA office. The Lions earned five at-large selections as Matheus Assis, Dave Moore, and Guillaume Vanelven garnered selections for the men’s squad while Maria Benkirane and Marie Coors were honored on the women’s team.
Saint Leo leads the region in At-Large selections, tallying five honors while fellow Sunshine State Conference foes Lynn and Barry each had four honorees. The SSC dominating the teams as the conference placed 19 of the 22 selected All-District athletes.
Assis of men’s swimming is a marketing and management major who excelled in both the classroom and in the pool. This season Matheus finished fourth in the nation in the 50 Free, 11th in the nation in the 100 Free, and 14th in the nation in the 100 Fly. The Joao Pessoa, Brazil native owns three individual Saint Leo records for the 50 Free, 100 Free, and 200 Free and owns a share in all five Saint Leo relay records (200 and 400 Medley, 200, 400, and 800 Free). Assis was named to the All-Sunshine State Conference Second Team for his performance this season. In the classroom, Assis has earned the distinguished President’s Club honor four times out of a possible five semesters. A student needs to be in the top 15 percent of their class in order to receive the President’s Club distinction.
Moore, of the men’s lacrosse team, turned in an exceptional junior campaign and led the league with 170 saves on the season. The All-SSC Second Team Goal Keeper averaged 12.14 saves per game which ranked eighth in the country and his save percentage of 0.574 also led the SSC and ranked seventh among Division II. As a sophomore, Moore was a 2014 All-SSC First Team selection and was the 2013 Deep South Conference Freshman of the Year and DSC First Team Conference honoree. The Florida native is a two-time Saint Leo Deans List member and has cumulative GPA of 3.820 in Accounting.
Vanelven, a student-athlete on the men’s tennis team, picks up his second honor of the season after being named to the All-SSC Second Team, posting a 14-3 record in his first campaign with the Green and Gold. The sport business major earned a perfect 4.00 GPA and was stalwart in the Lions lineup.
Benkirane, a senior from the women’s tennis squad, was named to the All-Sunshine State Conference Second Team after posting a 12-4 record in singles play. The political science major carries a 3.92 GPA through four years at Saint Leo, maintaining her Dean’s List performance. The Casablanca, Morocco native is the Saint Leo record holder in singles play, owning an impressive 70-12 record as a member of the Green and Gold. The senior is a three-time All-SSC honoree and receives her first Academic All-District honor while maintaining a spot on the 2014 SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
Coors, a member of the women’s golf team, earned WGCA All-South Region and Second Team All-America honors as a freshman, and was the co-medalist at the 2014 NCAA South/Southeast Super Regional. Coors also captured the 2014 Sunshine State Conference individual championship, and led the Lions with a 75.87 stroke average during the season. In 2014-15, Coors posted a 76.63 stroke average while playing through a wrist injury during much of the season. She is a three-time Dean’s List student at Saint Leo, and was named to the SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
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