May 15, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Three Midshipmen were recognized Thursday for their academic and athletic achievements by receiving Capital One Academic All-District II First-Team honors for at-large sports from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Garnering the all-district laurel were swimmers Ellen Bradford (So., Knoxville, Tenn.) and Luke Hoffer (Sr., Chapel Hill, N.C.) and gymnast Joshua Steves (Jr., Houston, Texas). It is the first time each of the three Mids have earned recognition from CoSIDA.
To be eligible for the initial district ballot, student-athletes must have attained a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30 through the end of the 2014 fall semester, be at a minimum a sophomore academically, as well as a starter or key reserve on their respective team. The at-large sports program consists of women's bowling, women's crew, fencing, women's field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, men's volleyball, water polo and men's wrestling. CoSIDA's District II consists of Division I schools located in Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. Each school is allowed to nominate up to eight student-athletes (four men, four women) for their respective district ballot.
Navy's three honorees accounted for half of the total recipients from Patriot League schools.
All first-team recipients from each of CoSIDA's eight districts (10 from each) are now placed onto a national ballot to determine the Academic All-America team for at-large sports.
Ellen Bradford - 4.00, Systems Engineering
Bradford, the 2014 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for her sport, has garnered First-Team All-Patriot League honors in both of her seasons on The Yard. She has qualified for the championship final in each of the six individual events she has competed in at the league meet, winning the 200 breast crown this year and finishing in second place in the 100 breast as both a freshman and sophomore. Bradford and the Mids have won Patriot League team titles in both 2013 and `14.
- 3.32, Applied Math
Hoffer placed second in the 200 breaststroke and third in the 100 breast at the 2014 Patriot League Championship to earn the fourth all-league nod of his career. He set the Navy and Patriot League record in the 200 breast (1:54.31) this season and competed in both breaststroke events at the 2014 NCAA Championship. Twice named to the Patriot League All-Academic Team, Hoffer placed no lower than fifth in 10 of the 12 individual events he competed in at the league meet over the course of his career and helped the Mids win the league championship in each of his four seasons.
Joshua Steves - 3.98, Math (Honors)
The first Mid in school history to record a score of 15.0+ on the rings, Steves earned two USAG All-America accolades in 2014 (rings and vault). He previously garnered a spot on the 2013 All-ECAC Team for his second-place efforts on the vault that year and participated in the NCAA Qualifying Meet as both a sophomore and junior. In the classroom, Steves was tabbed as a First Team All-America Scholar-Athlete in both 2012 and `13 by the College Gymnastics Association.