Golfers Win Major ODAC Honors

golf_honorsThe Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) has recognized Hollins golfers Elizabeth Cheng ’14 and Shannon Ciccarello ’17 with two of the league’s highest honors in women’s golf.

Cheng, who hails from Virginia Beach, won her second straight ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete Award from the league’s sports information directors. She maintains a 3.91 grade point average as a chemistry major and biochemistry minor. A member of the ODAC All-Academic Team, she is a three-time NGCA All-American Scholar as well as an honor student at Hollins. She won both the Chemical Society Award and the Judith Gregory Smith Award in 2012.

On the golf course, Cheng placed second in the ODAC Tournament and finished the season leading the ODAC with a 78.5 average. She competed in seven events with six top-ten and five top-five showings. She posted three runner-up performances in addition to the ODAC Tournament, including the Preview at the Barn, Generals Invitational, and Bridgewater Invitational. She is currently rated #21 by Golfstat.

Cheng is the second Hollins student-athlete this spring to win the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete Award. In April, Cecelia Parks ’14 received the honor for equestrians.

Ciccerello, from Stafford, Virginia, won the ODAC Rookie of the Year Award, capping a strong first year at Hollins. Her season average of 85.6 is seventh in the conference. She competed in seven events this season, posting three top-ten finishes. Sixth place was her high finish in three different events: the Preview at the Barn, Bridgewater Invitational, and ODAC Tournament.

Cheng was also named All-ODAC First Team, while Ciccarello made All-ODAC Second Team.


Swimmers Achieve Scholar All American Status

swimThe Hollins University swim team has earned Team Scholar All American Honors for the 2014 spring semester from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).

The CSCAA presents the Team Scholar All American award to college and university swimming and diving teams who have achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

The swim team’s student-athletes were similarly recognized for their academic achievements during the 2013 spring semester.

The team kicks off its 2014-15 season at the Converse All Women’s Invitational, October 10-11.

Founded in 1922, the CSCAA is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming at the collegiate level.


Whitewater Races Capture Third at ACA National Championships

ACAA team of student canoeists and kayakers from Hollins University took on competitors from three other colleges and universities and paddled to a third-place finish at the annual American Canoe Association (ACA) Collegiate Race Series National Championships, held March 29-30 on the Tuckaseegee River in Dillsboro, North Carolina.

In the Women’s Championship division, Hollins faced eventual winner Warren Wilson College, runner-up Albion College, and the University of Virginia. Team members included Tegan Harcourt ’17, Jessica Michael ‘17, Valerie Harrison ‘17, Jentry Campbell ’15, and Ashleigh Mae Leas.

The event’s whitewater races were held on a section of the Tuckaseegee River called the Tuck Gorge. This section includes several major rapids: Railroad (class II), Prudential Rock (II+), and Double Drop (II+).

Founded in 1880, the ACA is a national organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition and recreation. The ACA sponsors over 4,300 events each year, including 200 races.