July 1, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
Recent Naval Academy graduates Brigid Byrne of the women's track team and Jasmine DePompeo of the women's lacrosse team are among 58 student-athletes to receive NCAA postgraduate scholarships following the spring athletic season. Byrne and DePompeo are both two-time Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America honorees.
The NCAA annually awards $7,500 one-time scholarships to 174 recipients for fall, winter and spring sports. To be eligible, student-athletes must excel academically and athletically, be in their final year of eligibility and plan to pursue graduate study. Student-athletes must also maintain at least a 3.20 grade-point average and be nominated by their institution's faculty athletics representative.
Byrne, who was named to the 2012-13 Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team for cross country/track and field last week, graduated with a 3.83 grade-point average as an English major with an Arabic minor. She was named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's cross country and women's outdoor track and field during the 2012-13 academic year.
Byrne won both the 5,000m and the 10,000m individual titles at the Patriot League Outdoor Championship in May and helped Navy to a team runner-up finish. She set a school record by clocking a 34:51.23 in the 10,000m run during the outdoor season and ran the school's second-fastest outdoor 5K time at 16:54.22.
The nine-time Patriot League All-Academic Team honoree served as the captain of the women's cross country team in the fall and led Navy to a team title. She was the individual runner-up at the cross country league championship and also earned ECAC All-East honors during the indoor track and field season.
DePompeo, a 2013 Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America First-Team honoree for at-large sports, graduated with a degree in political science with a concentration in American law and politics. DePompeo is a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District II selection and was named to the Patriot League All-Academic Team twice. She is the only Division I women's lacrosse player to win an NCAA postgraduate scholarship this season.
DePompeo helped Navy post a 19-2 record in 2013 and advance to the NCAA Second Round. The 2013 IWLCA All-America Third-Team honoree led the NCAA in scoring with 127 points on 56 goals and 71 assists. DePompeo established Navy and Patriot League records for most points and most assists in a season and is also the school's and conference's career leader in points (336) and assists (167). She ranks third in NCAA history for single-season assists and career assists.
DePompeo helped Navy make a fourth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance after winning a fourth-straight Patriot League Tournament title. She was a three-time Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and a two-time Patriot League Tournament MVP.
Created in 1964, NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships promote and encourage education by rewarding the NCAA's most accomplished student-athletes.
Fellow 2013 graduates Christopher Galvin (cross country/track and field) and Laura Gorinski (women's swimming and diving) were awarded NCAA postgraduate scholarships following the winter sports season. The four NCAA postgraduate scholarships are the most that Navy has ever received in one year. Alabama (5) was the only Division I program to earn more postgraduate scholarships than the four Navy received this year.