November 30, 2011

Three Bears Named to ICSA All-Academic Team

NORFOLK, Va.--(11/30/11)--The Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) recently announced its 2011 All-Academic Sailing Team. Three Coast Guard sailors, Tanya Cuprak, Amanda Hamlet, and Jenn Proctor, have been named Honorable Mention. This is the first time since its inception that any Coast Guard sailor has been given this prestigious post season award.

The 2011 All-Academic Sailing Team recognizes collegiate sailors who have achieved excellence in national and inter-conference competition as well as excelling at the highest academic level for the 2010 – 2011 academic year.

"We have dedicated students with high standards," Mitch Brindley, president of the ICSA explains.

This year's team is comprised of eight All-Academic Team members and ten Honorable Mention All-Academic Team members. Matt Lindblad, chairman of the selection committee states: "This year's team represents ICSA's most accomplished student athletes. All of the All-Academic Team members received some form of All-American recognition, as well as maintaining a GPA of 3.79 or above. Our nomination criteria is very high and of the 47 highly qualified nominees, these 18 student athletes have demonstrated great success in the classroom and on the water."

For Coast Guard's All-Academic athletes and the sailing team as a whole, these awards cap off one of the most successful seasons in team history. After a trip to the ICSA Women's National Championship, several top-5 divisional finishes at major intersectionals, and both the coed and women's teams being ranked for much of the year, the team and its awardees are being recognized for their hard work and dedication both on the water and in the classroom.

"To have three athletes selected for the team when only eighteen were picked in the entire country is a tremendous achievement," commented Coach Brian Swingly. "We're very proud of those that were selected while at the same time recognizing that this was a full team effort, something we're hoping to build upon in the future."

Tanya Cuprak (Class of 2012 - Hampton, CT) started her collegiate sailing career as a walk-on crew with an athletic background and an eagerness to learn. She quickly became an impact player and during her senior year played significant roles on both the coed and women's team. Her final season was highlighted with 9th in A-Division at the ICSA Women's National Championship, 3rd in A-Division at the ICSA Women's National Championship Semi-Finals, 2nd at the McIntyre Team Race, 1st in A-Division at the Charleston Intersectional, and 4th at St. Mary's Fall Intersectional. As an Operations Research and Computer Analysis Major, Cuprak graduated with high honors and a cumulative GPA of 3.77. She is now stationed in Seattle, WA, on USCGC Healy as a student engineer.

Amanda Hamlet's (Class of 2013 – Baldwinsville, NY) 2010-2011 results speak for themselves. Along with skipper Sam Ingham, she put together one of the most impressive seasons in recent school history: All in A-Division, 7th at the Danmark Trophy, 1st at the Barnett Trophy, 5th at the Captain Hurst Bowl, 4th at the Schell Trophy, 1st at the Atlantic Coast Tournament, 5th at the Rose Bowl, 2nd at the McIntyre Team Race, 2nd at the Boston Dinghy Cup, 1st at the Thompson Trophy, and 7th at the New England Dinghy Championship. Through three years at the Academy as a Mechanical Engineering major, Hamlet's cumulative GPA is an equally impressive 3.86. As a senior on the team she remains a key player, continuing to sail coed A-Division, and constantly working with her younger teammates to compete at a higher level.

Jenn Proctor (Class of 2012 – Honolulu, HI) also had a strong list of results during the 2010-2011 season. She and her crew, current team captain Kristen Holloway, became one of the most dominant B-Division boats in New England and were major players in the success of the women's team during their run. They posted results that included 1st in A-Division at the Loder Trophy (coed), in Women's B-Division: 7th at the Yale Women's Intersectional, 5th at the Stu Nelson, 2nd at the Victorian Coffee Urn, 7th at Women's Atlantic Coast Championship, 4th at Charleston Women's Intersectional, 2nd at the President Trophy, 6th at the Emily Wick Trophy, and 9th at the ICSA Women's National Championship. Proctor graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering with High Honors. She is now a deck watch officer in San Diego, CA on USCGC Boutwell.

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