ASHLAND, Va. — The Virginia Sports Information Directors announced today that six Sweet Briar student-athletes have earned recognition as part of the VaSID Academic All-State team for the 2017-18 academic year.
To be eligible, a student-athlete was required to hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher and be at least a sophomore in standing.
The six Sweet Briar honorees joined 217 student-athletes from 37 college and universities across the Commonwealth of Virginia as members of the VaSID Academic All-State team.
Sweet Briar honorees in 2017-18 were recent graduates: Marina Biel (Palmyra, Va.), Lydia Gullicksen (Nantucket, Mass.), Elizabeth Phaup (Amherst, Va.), Rachel Rogers (Providence Forge, Va.) and Claire Zak (Saint Cloud, Fla.). Also earning recognition was rising-junior Lacey Tucker (Swansboro, N.C.).
Gullicksen (Cross Country, Business and English) and Zak (Swimming, Archaeology and Classics) become two-time VaSID Academic All-State honorees. Zak is also a four-time ODAC All-Academic recipient, while Gullicksen was recognized by the ODAC on three occasions.
Biel (Equestrian/Golf, Engineering), Phaup (Lacrosse/Soccer, Psychology), Rogers (Field Hockey, Dance) and Tucker (Soccer/Tennis, Engineering) all earned their first recognition from VaSID.
Phaup, a three-time ODAC All-Academic honoree, was also recognized in 2018 as Honorable Mention All-Independent Women’s Lacrosse. Biel and Tucker each earned their second nod as ODAC All-Academic earlier this month, while Rogers adds VaSID recognition to her place on the 2017-18 Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA/ Division III National Academic Squad.
The Vixens’ three dual-sport student-athletes were the most from a single school in 2017-18, while the three joined 13 other two-sport student-athletes in receiving academic laurels.