Byrne and Galvin Earn Academic All-America First-Team Honors
June 27, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Recent Naval Academy graduates Brigid Byrne (Vienna, Va.) and Christopher Galvin (Austin, Texas) have been named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team for cross country/track and field by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Byrne recently graduated with a 3.83 grade-point average as an English (Honors) major with an Arabic minor and was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. She was named to both the Superintendent's List and the Commandant's List in all eight of her semesters at the Naval Academy.
Byrne served as the captain of the women's cross country last fall and led the team to a Patriot League Championship. Byrne was the individual runner-up at the league meet and earned All-Patriot League First-Team honors. Byrne was selected as the Patriot League's Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's cross country and was named to the league's all-academic team.
During the indoor track and field season, Byrne was the only Midshipman to earn ECAC All-East honors when she placed eighth in the 5,000m run at the postseason regional meet. Byrne was second in the 5,000m and third in the 3,000m at the Patriot League Indoor Championship to help Navy to a runner-up showing. Byrne ran a 16:46.75 in the 5,000m, which is the second-best indoor 5K time in school history.
The senior capped off her athletic career by winning both the 5,000m and the 10,000m individual titles at the Patriot League Outdoor Championship and helped Navy to a team runner-up finish. She set a Navy 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.
Byrne was named the Patriot League's Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's outdoor track and field and was named to the league's all-academic team for the ninth time in her career.
Galvin was a three-time Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2012-13, earning the honor for cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. Galvin graduated as the Naval Academy's valedictorian with a 4.00 grade-point average as a mechanical engineering major and was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. He was named to the Superintendent's List and the Commandant's List in all eight of his semesters at the Academy.
During the 2012 cross country season, Galvin earned All-Patriot League Second-Team honors by placing eighth at the conference championship. Galvin also earned All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors by placing 23rd at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional.
Galvin placed third in the 3,000m run and was fourth in the 5,000m at the Patriot League Indoor Championship in helping Navy win the team title. Galvin also earned IC4A All-East honors by placing sixth in the 5K at the IC4A Indoor Championship.
Galvin had an outstanding outdoor season in the 10,000m run during the spring. He won the 10K at the Patriot League Outdoor Championship with a new meet record time of 29:57.26. The next week he ran a personal-record time of 29:34.31 to place second at the Virginia Challenge with the third-best time in school history.
He just missed qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship by one spot as he placed 13th in the 10,000m at the NCAA East Regional with a time of 30:03.37.
Galvin's honor gives the men's track and field program an Academic All-America selection for a fifth-straight year. Cody Rome earned Academic All-America honors in 2011 and 2012 and Mark Van Orden was honored in 2009 and 2010.
Naval Academy student-athletes have totaled 95 Academic All-America certificates over the years, with 42 of those awards coming since the start of the 2006-07 academic year. The nine Academic All-America awards earned by Mids during 2012-13 are the most won by the Naval Academy in one academic year in school history, surpassing the record of six set four times in the previous six years.