Florida Tech’s Sam McCuskey Awarded Capital One Academic All-American Honors

By  //  June 11, 2015

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An integral part of Florida Tech’s women’s rowing team, senior coxswain Sam McCuskey was selected to the Capital One Academic All-America Division II Women’s At-Large Third Team. (FIT Image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – An integral part of Florida Tech’s women’s rowing team, senior coxswain Sam McCuskey was selected to the Capital One Academic All-America Division II Women’s At-Large Third Team.

She becomes the school’s fifth academic all-American, first-ever women’s rower and first honoree since women’s soccer player Casey Lademann received the award in 2011.

McCuskey, a May graduate with a degree in chemical engineering, recorded a 3.97 cumulative grade point average in her four-year Panther career.

She coxed the Crimson and Gray’s varsity eight in her last three seasons and coxed the second varsity four as a freshman.

This season, she guided the varsity eight to a second-place finish in the petite final at the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta and a third-place finish in the Sunshine State Conference Championship.

Adam Thorstad

Adam Thorstad

“I’m ecstatic to hear she was given this honor,” head coach Adam Thorstad said.

“I know how hard she worked academically throughout her four years. I look forward to following her progress as she takes the next step towards her master’s at UC Santa Barbara.”

The St. Petersburg, Florida native has been recognized on the Sunshine State Conference Commissioner’s Spring Honor Roll four times, earned Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete Team honors twice and Capital One Academic All-District twice.

Only three rowers from Division II garnered recognition on one of three at-large teams, voted on by the College of Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Nova Southeastern’s Rebecca Bergen reeled in first team honors and Humboldt State’s Mariah Smither was placed on the third team as well.

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From the SSC, 14 student-athletes from the sports of golf, lacrosse, rowing, swimming and tennis were awarded academic all-America recognition.

The complete list of honorees can be found at the second link below.

Florida Tech’s Capital One Academic All-Americans
1998 Kari Wanat, Volleyball Second Team
1999 Kari Wanat, Volleyball First Team
2006 Charise Parker, Cross Country Third Team
2011 Casey Lademann, Women’s Soccer Third Team
2015 Sam McCuskey, Women’s Rowing Third Team


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