For Immediate Release: March 29, 2006
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Seven Binghamton athletes named to inaugural America East Winter All-Academic Squads

Conference Release

VESTAL, N.Y.-- A total of seven Binghamton student-athletes have been named to the first-ever America East Conference Winter All-Academic Squads. The awards, which were announced on Wednesday by the America East Conference Office, are based on a combination of a student-athlete's cumulative GPA and athletic accomplishments for the just-completed season.

In women's basketball, Bingamton had a conference-best two selections (out of five total) as senior guard Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) senior forward Jen Haubrich (Bow, N.H.) both made the squad. Laws was a third-team all-conference pick this season and was named to the America East All-Tournament team for the first time in her career. Haubrich was named to the conference's inaugural all-defensive team.

Binghamton also had the most athletes tabbed in men's indoor track, with four of the 12 selections. Making the squad were senior Hasani Hampden (Freeport, N.Y.), who was named the America East Indoor Championship Field Athlete of the Meet, senior Nick Tillman (Binghamton, N.Y.), who was third in the heptathlon at the conference meet, senior
Paddy Hennessy (Selkirk, N.Y.), who placed second in the hammer, and senior Ryan VanHalle (Newark, N.Y.), who was third in the pole vault.

Also making the All-Academic squad in men's swimming was junior Brian Koizim (White Plains, N.Y.), who placed second in both the 100 and 200 backstroke events at the America East Conference Championship Meet.

As a school, Binghamton tied New Hampshire for the third-most number of athletes named to the America East Conference Winter All-Academic Squads. Boston University and UMBC topped all member institutions with each having 11 student-athletes.

In order to for a student-athlete to be considered for the America East All-Academic Squads, they are required to have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 entering the season. Athletic accomplishment standards vary between team sports and individual sports. For team sports, student-athletes are required to be a nomination on the post-season awards ballot, which is determined by the league’s head coaches. For track & field and swimming & diving, student-athletes are required to be a top-three finisher at the conference championship meet. Team size for team sports is based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time (e.g., five on the court for basketball).

In the event that the number of student-athletes meeting the requirements is greater than the number that participate in a contest at one time, all-conference vote totals were used as the tie-breaking criteria. Team size for individual sports is determined by the number of all-conference honorees who possess the minimum academic requirement.

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