Otey Named Academic All-American

NEW LONDON, Conn.--United States Coast Guard Academy senior Sarah Jane Otey has been named a first team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) earning a spot on the the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division III Men's and Women's At-Large team.

The Capital One Academic All-America® Women's At-Large program includes the sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis and water polo.

Otey, a Marine & Environmental Science major with a 3.97 G.P.A., helped the U.S. Coast Guard Academy earn a berth in the NCAA Division III Championship Rowing Championship while earning a spot on the All-Academic first team.

She was the winner of the NCAA Elite 89 Award and she also earned second team College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) All-American honors.

Earlier this week, Otey was selected as the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) recipient of the NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Otey is an accomplished rower and swimmer, helping to lead the Coast Guard crew team to a spot in the NCAA championship in 2008 and 2012 and qualifying for the NCAA swimming & diving championship five times in her career. She is also an outstanding student, carrying a 3.97 GPA in marine and environmental science, earning six NEWMAC Academic All-Conference distinctions and receiving the George C. Alexander award at the Coast Guard Academy for "highest proficiency in physical chemistry, analytical chemistry and toxicology."

But what truly sets Otey apart is her exceptional display of leadership and service during her time at the Academy. In 2009-10, she stepped away from her classmates and teammates at Coast Guard and spent a year doing humanitarian work in Peru. During her time in Peru, Otey worked at a local clinic, tutored children in English and helped build clean-burning stoves for rural families. This display of selflessness, which embodies the Coast Guard's core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty, had a dramatic impact on Otey.

Otey has also been a mentor in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program and was the community service department head at Coast Guard in 2011. She is a two-time Capital One Academic All-District honoree and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, the freshman honors society. She received the Elite 89 award at this year's NCAA rowing championship and is a two-time Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) All-American.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.

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