May 30, 2013
CoSIDA All-Academic Teams
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Recent Naval Academy graduate Brigid Byrne has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District II First Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday. Byrne is honored for the sports of women's cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field.
Byrne receives Academic All-District honors for the second straight year and she will be on the ballot for the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team. Byrne earned Academic All-America Third-Team honors from CoSIDA last year. The 2012-13 Academic All-America Team for cross country/track and field will be announced in late June.
Byrne recently graduated with a 3.83 GPA 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.
Byrne earned eight career N-Stars for participating in team victories over Army in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field.
Byrne and her mother, Amy (Donovan) Byrne, are the first mother-daughter letterwinning pair in Naval Academy history. Her mother graduated in 1987 and lettered in cross country. Byrne's father, Capt. William Byrne, is also a 1987 graduate and was a co-captain and quarterback of the football team. He recently assumed the duties of Commandant of Midshipmen at the Naval Academy.