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Jennifer Zymet
Jennifer Zymet
Courtesy: Joel Turrell
Waksmunski Named Scholar-Athlete of the Year; Four Athletes Earn Academic All-PL
Release:   02/28/2014

LEWISBURG, Pa. – One week after earning a slew of accolades at the 2014 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships, the Bucknell track and field team can add another group of awards to the tally. The conference released its 2014 Academic All-Patriot League teams on Friday, and four Bison were among the honorees, including senior Emily Waksmunski, who was named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year on the women’s side. Waksmunski was joined by classmates Hana Casalnova and Jennifer Zymet on the women’s Academic All-Patriot League team, while junior Christian Lupica was selected to represent Bucknell on the men’s squad.

Waksmunski, Bucknell’s 10th Scholar-Athlete of the Year, helped the women’s team to a third-place finish last weekend, taking second place in the 1000 (2:55.98) and as a member of the 4x800 relay team (9:05.48). She earned second team All-Patriot League honors with her pair of runner-up finishes, and also ran a leg on the Bison’s third-place distance medley relay team (12:20.17). A member of the school record-holding outdoor 4x800 relay, Waksmunski has also raced to ECAC qualifying times in the 1000 and 4x800 relay this season.

Academically, Waksmunski has maintained a 3.94 cumulative grade-point average and has truly excelled in her major, earning a 4.00 mark in her civil engineering classes. She is the third female in Patriot League history to make the Indoor Track and Field Academic All-Patriot League team in each of her three seasons of eligibility, and she has also garnered a selection to the team in the last two outdoor seasons. A 2013 Capital One Academic All-District selection, she has earned a spot on the Dean’s List in each of her seven semesters at Bucknell and is a three-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member. Waksmunski also has a plethora of academic accomplishments and awards within her major, including the publication of an article on the development of the GreenPaths Rating System in the Journal of Urban Planning and Development.

Bucknell had a league-high three selections to the women’s Academic All-Patriot League team, as Waksmunski was joined by Casalnova and Zymet on the squad. Casalnova, a biomedical engineering major with a 3.60 cumulative GPA, earned her first spot on the indoor team, but received Academic All-Patriot League accolades in the 2012 outdoor season. She turned in a pair of second-place finishes at the conference championship meet this season, finishing as the runner-up in the 800 (2:16.80) and 4x800 relay (9:05.48) to earn second team All-Patriot League honors, while also running on the third-place distance medley relay team (12:20.17). Casalnova, who has qualified for ECACs in the 800 and 4x800, is a Bucknell University Dean’s List student and a three-time selection to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.

Zymet, a captain of the 2013-14 track and field team, earned her second selection to the Indoor Track and Field Academic All-Patriot League team, as she was also voted to the squad last season. An education and psychology double major, she has maintained a 3.61 cumulative GPA while winning four individual Patriot League titles over the course of her collegiate career. She holds seven school records between indoor and outdoor track, including the one that she set in the 400 (55.93) at the Akron Invitational this season. Zymet earned second team All-Patriot League honors at this year’s championship meet as a member of the runner-up 4x400 relay (3:52.84), and also finished sixth in the 400 (57.99) and 11th in the 200 (25.63). A Bucknell University Dean’s List student and a three-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, she has qualified for ECACs in the 400, 500 and 4x400 relay.

On the men’s side, Lupica earned his first selection to the Academic All-Patriot League team with his combination of athletic prowess and excellence in the classroom. A captain of this year’s Bison, Lupica played a major role in helping the Bucknell men finish second at the Patriot League Championships, winning the 60m hurdles and finishing third in the 60m dash. He also ran the anchor leg on the 4x400 relay, helping to edge Navy by six one-thousandths of a second to finish in second-place. Lupica, who has a 3.39 cumulative GPA as an accounting and financial management major, broke the meet and school record in the hurdles at the Patriot League meet with a time of 7.82, a mark that ranks him 21st among Division I competitors. He broke the school record in the hurdles on five different occasions this season, while also rewriting his own school record in the 300 at the Bison Opener back in December, and his performances won him the Patriot League Track Athlete of the Week award three times. A Bucknell University Dean’s List student and a two-time selection to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, he earned first and second team All-Patriot League honors at the championship meet and has qualified for IC4As in the 60m hurdles, the 60m dash, the 200 and the 4x400 relay.

All four of these student-athletes will conclude their indoor seasons next weekend, as Bucknell will travel to Boston, Mass. to compete in the ECAC and IC4A Championships on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9.

Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Christopher Kittle, Army (Jr.)
Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Emily Waksmunski, Bucknell (Sr.)

MEN'S ACADEMIC ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE
John Pope, American (Sr.)
Christopher Kittle, Army (Jr.)
Christopher Smith, Army (Sr.)
Christian Lupica, Bucknell (Jr.)
Sam McGrath, Holy Cross (Sr.)
Lucas Keefer, Holy Cross (So.)
Tyler Mueller, Lehigh (Sr.)
Simon Voorhees, Lehigh (Jr.)
Brett Bogaard, Navy (Sr.)
Matthew Deisher, Navy (Jr.)

WOMEN'S ACADEMIC ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE*
Julia Sullivan, American (Sr.)
Michelle Sumner, Boston University (So.)
Monica Adler, Boston University (Sr.)
Emily Waksmunski, Bucknell (Sr.)
Jennifer Zymet, Bucknell (Sr.)
Hana Casalnova, Bucknell (Sr.)
Sarah Dahlstrom, Holy Cross (Jr.)
Michelle McGahan, Holy Cross (Jr.)
Rachel Pena, Lafayette (Sr.)
Danielle Albergo, Lehigh (Sr.)
Victoria Mullane, Lehigh (Jr.)
*11 student-athletes due to tie in the voting

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