Six Mids Earn Academic All-America Accolades
ANNAPOLIS, Md. ---- The College Sports Information Directors of American bestowed six Academic All-America laurels on Navy student-athletes on Thursday with the announcement of the recipients for at-large sports. Headlining the list of Mids to receive the honor Thursday were first-team recipients Ellen Bradford (Knoxville, Tenn., swimming) and Rebecca Greenberg (Horseheads, N.Y., rowing), with Kathleen Heinbach (Cincinnati, Ohio, rowing) also garnering second-team honors. Ryan Bailey (Boardman, Ohio, swimming), Connor Westrick (Waterford, Wis., gymnastics) and Michael Woulfe (Oak Park, Ill., wrestling) all earned third-team nods.
All but Bailey, a rising senior, are members of Navy's Class of 2016.
The six accolades are the most received by one school in this year's at-large sports balloting. Both Alabama (three men, two women) and Minnesota (three women, two men) garnered five Academic All-America honors on Thursday to finish one award behind Navy's total. Additionally, Navy student-athletes have now totaled 11 CoSIDA Academic All-America honors during the 2015-26 season, which betters the school record of nine set three years ago.
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 2015 fall semester, be at a minimum a sophomore academically, as well as be a starter or key reserve on their respective team. The at-large sports program consists of women's beach volleyball, women's bowling, women's crew, fencing, women's field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, 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 four student-athletes for their respective men's and women's district ballots. The top-10 student-athletes in each district are then placed onto the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.
Bradford becomes just the third Mid to have totaled three Academic All-America awards in a career in the over 60-year existence of the program's existence with this year's laurel. She earned her second-straight first-team nod Thursday after garnering third-team accolades in 2014 to join fellow women's swimmer Kelly Zahalka (Class of 2009) and football player John Dowd (Class of 2012) as the lone Mids to have earned the accolade three times, as well as become just the fifth Mid to have received a pair of first-team nods in a career.
An honors systems engineering major with a 4.00 cumulative grade-point average, Bradford graduated from Navy ranked first in the Class of 2016 on the Academic Order of Merit. She previously received an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship, which she will utilize while pursuing a Master's Degree in engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School. Afterward, she will begin her military service as an officer aboard a nuclear submarine.
Bradford earned First-Team All-Patriot League honors in each of her four seasons to help the women's swimming team win four league titles. She advanced to the championship final in each of the 12 individual events she was entered into at the league meet, winning two titles (200 breaststroke in 2014 and 2015), placing second five times and totaling nine top-four placings. She accrued the second-most career points at the league meet among all swimmers in the Class of 2016 in the league. Bradford also posted NCAA B cut qualifying times in both breaststroke events this season and will cap her swimming career by competing in the 100 breaststroke at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Included among the additional awards she has received this year are the Cheryl Dolyniuk Award (presented to a female midshipman in the graduating class who has excelled in leadership, athletics and academics), the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists Prize (presented to that female midshipman of the graduating class with the highest academic order of merit standing at graduation) and the women's Coaches' Calvert Award (presented to a graduating varsity letterwinner who displayed leadership, consistent effort, loyalty and dedication to the sport and who has taken their abilities beyond the expectations of the coach, peers and themselves).
An eight-time member of the Commandant's List at the Naval Academy, Greenberg posted a perfect 4.00 grade-point average over her eight semesters as a student. An honors systems engineering major, she garnered CoSIDA All-District II At-Large First Team accolades in both 2015 and 2016. Greenberg is a three-time recipient of Patriot League Academic Honor Roll accolades. After the 2014 and 2015 seasons, she was recognized as a CRCA National Scholar Athlete. Greenberg was recently commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy in the nuclear submarine community.
On the water, Greenberg has seen time in both eight- and four-person crews during her four years on the women's crew team. After rowing as a member of the gold medal winning second varsity four crew at the EAWRC Sprints in 2014, she moved up into a spot on the second varsity eight crew and won the 2015 Patriot League Championship. This spring, Greenberg has been racing as a member of the varsity four ranks. She is one of four rowers nationally to be named on among CoSIDA's three at-large teams.
A strong student-athlete both in and out of the water, Heinbach earned Commandant's List accolades in all eight of her semesters at the Naval Academy. The computer engineering major posted 4.00 grade-point averages in seven semesters and graduated with a final GPA of 3.98. Heinbach was selected as a CoSIDA All-District II At-Large First Team member in both 2015 and 2016, as well as the Patriot League Women's Rowing Student-Athlete of the Year in 2015 and 2016. She's been named as a CRCA National Scholar Athlete three times and is a three-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. Heinbach was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy and will be joining the nuclear submarine division.
A consistent member of the second varsity eight crew over the past three seasons, Heinbach won Patriot League titles in both 2014 and 2015. This spring, Navy's second varsity eight crew finished second overall in the league championship. Heinbach was one of four rowers named to CoSIDA's three at-large teams.
Bailey enters his final season at the USNA with a 3.97 cumulative GPA. The operations research major has posted a 4.00 GPA in each of his last five completed terms. Bailey is ranked second in the Class of 2017 on the USNA Military Order of Merit and stands 14th on the Overall Order of Merit. He has twice been named to CoSIDA's Academic All-District Team and was named to the Patriot League All-Academic Team for men's swimming in both 2015 and `16.
Bailey earned Second-Team All-Patriot League honors in 2016 as he helped the Mids win their 13th-straight league title. He placed second in the 100 fly at this year's league meet and won the consolation final in the 200 fly and 100 breast events. Baily also garnered second-team all-league accolades in 2015 after placing second in the 100 fly.
A leading member of the pommel horse and parallel bar starting units for Navy's gymnastics team, Westrick capped his four-year career earlier this spring with strong postseason outings at the USAG Collegiate, ECAC and NCAA Championship events. At the USAGs, he medaled courtesy of a fifth-place finish on the pommel horse. Westrick finds himself second all-time in the program record book with a 15.0 routine score on the pommel horse at the 2014 Star Meet versus Army West Point.
In the classroom, the honors systems engineering major was a seven-time member of the Commandant's List at Navy, while posting a 3.94 cumulative GPA during his eight academic semesters. Westrick has been selected by the Collegiate Gymnastics Association as a First Team All-America Scholar-Athlete following each of his first three seasons and is in line for a fourth bid later on this offseason. Last year, he was one of just four national gymnasts that were honored by the CGA for having posted a 4.00 GPA during the 2015 spring semester. A graduate of the Naval Academy this past May, Westrick was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy and will serve in the nuclear submarine community. He was one of three national gymnasts named over CoSIDA's three at-large teams.
Woulfe enjoyed success both on and off the mat for the Navy wrestling program in 2016. An exceptional student, Woulfe earned his degree in physics behind a 3.93 grade-point average, earning a 4.00 GPA in each of the last six semesters. He graduated fourth in his class of 1,088 students in Overall Order of Merit which factors in both his Academic Order of Merit (#56) and Military Order of Merit (#5). A 2016 NWCA All-Academic Team member, he was named to the Commandant's List every semester, the Superintendent's List all but one semester and the Dean's List once. One of nine Trident Scholars at the Naval Academy during the 2015-16 academic year, he is one of three Navy student-athletes who have been awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships this year.
While he was a member of the team his first two years, it wasn't until his junior year that he saw action in a varsity or junior varsity competition. He produced a 20-14 record at 184 pounds as a junior and followed up with a 30-14 mark this past season, pushing up to 197 pounds to make way for the return of 2016 All-American Mathew Miller. Additionally, he put together an 8-1 dual record this season, dropping his lone match to 15th-ranked John Bolich of Lehigh. Woulfe placed seventh at the EIWA Championship and received an at-large berth to compete at the NCAA Championship. He was one of three wrestlers on the team to reach the 30-win milestone this spring and one of 47 different wrestlers in program history.
At the annual Prizes and Awards Ceremony held during Commissioning Week, Woulfe was awarded the men's Coaches' Calvert Award, which recognizes a graduating varsity letterwinner who displayed leadership, consistent effort, loyalty and dedication to the sport and who has taken their abilities beyond the expectations of the coach, peers and themselves.