June 21, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
Navy rising senior Brigid Byrne was named to the Capital One Academic All-America third team for women's cross country/track and field, it was announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) today. Byrne is the fourth Mid to garner Academic All-America honors and first since Kristen Andrews in 2007.
During the fall, Byrne helped the cross country team capture the Patriot League Championship by finishing ninth overall and earning second-team all-league honors. She also helped the Mids defeat Army by taking second place in the dual and later placed 16th at the ECAC Cross Country Championships.
A first-place finish in the 5,000m at the Patriot League Championship highlighted Byrne's indoor track and field season. She clocked an indoor personal record of 17:03.16, the second-fasted time in school history. She also scored in the 3,000m at the league meet, placing fifth to help Navy to a runner-up finish.
Byrne also qualified for the ECAC Indoor Track and Field Championship, placing ninth in the 5,000m.
Byrne helped Navy capture the Patriot League Outdoor Championship by placing third in the 10,000m. She also ran a personal record 10K time of 35:35 at the Mt. SAC Relays, the fifth-best time in school history.
The English (honors) major holds a 3.91 cumulative GPA and has been named to the Superintendent's List in all six of her semesters at the Naval Academy. Byrne earned Patriot League All-Academic Team honors in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track as a junior after also sweeping the trio of honors in 2010-11.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution, be nominated by his/her sports information director and have earned first-team Academic All-District status.