July 10, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -
Brigid Byrne has been named the 2012-13 Patriot League Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, it was announced Wednesday by the conference office. Byrne, who was named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year in both cross country and outdoor track and field, was voted the winner of the prestigious award by the conference's sports information directors.
The recently graduated Byrne is the seventh Mid to be voted the Patriot League Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. The last Navy track and field student-athlete to earn the award was Kristen Andrews in 2007.
Byrne put together a stellar four years at the Naval Academy both in the classroom and athletically. Just last month she earned Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team honors for the sports of cross country/track and field.
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 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.
The winner of each sport's Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is put in the running towards the Patriot League Female and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, with the League's sports information directors selecting one male and one female for the award. Others in contention for the Patriot League Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award were American junior Alexis Dobbs (Basketball), Bucknell senior Tayler Siegrist (Field Hockey), Lehigh senior Ginette Schapira (Golf), Army sophomore Lisa Junta (Indoor Track and Field), Bucknell junior Katelyn Miller (Lacrosse), Navy senior Jacqueline Penichet (Rowing), Navy junior Elizabeth Hoerner (Soccer), Lehigh senior Rosie Roessel (Softball), Navy senior Laura Gorinski (Swimming and Diving), Army junior Jamila Paul (Tennis) and Army sophomore Mary Vaccaro (Volleyball)
All class years are from the 2012-13 academic year.
To be eligible for the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen are not eligible for this honor.