Loren Shealy, a rising senior on the UNC field hockey team, has earned Academic All-America honors, recognizing outstanding athletic and academic performance. Shealy is one of 14 women named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Women's At-Large second team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and announced on Thursday.
The Division I at-large teams for the Capital One Academic All-America program include the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis and water polo as well as bowling, rowing and field hockey for women and volleyball and wrestling for men. First, second and third teams are named for both men and women. Nominees must have at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average and be sophomores or above.
"It's such an honor to be recognized in that way, but it's also a tribute to the University and the team," Shealy said. "We couldn't have had such a successful season without everyone on the team, and that obviously plays a big part in these kinds of things. And I appreciate the coaching staff and my friends and my family for the support they've given me, both academically and athletically."
A business administration major from Charlotte, N.C., Shealy is currently traveling in Holland with the UNC field hockey team. Upon her return to the U.S., she will begin a summer internship in New York City.
Shealy and Duke's Lauren Blazing, who earned first-team recognition, were the only Division I field hockey players to earn Academic All-America honors for 2013-14. Other Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes named to the women's teams were Emma Reaney (Notre Dame swimming, first team) and Ashley Armstrong (Notre Dame golf, second team), in addition to Blazing and Shealy. On the men's side, ACC student-athletes honored were Gerek Meinhardt (Notre Dame fencing, first team), Devin Carter (Virginia Tech wrestling, second team), Kevin Rice (Syracuse lacrosse, second team), and Jordan Wolf (Duke lacrosse, third team).
As team captain in 2013, Shealy led UNC to its fifth consecutive final four berth, playing in all 24 games and starting 18 at forward. She was the recipient of the NCAA Elite 89 Award for field hockey for second year in a row and was named the 2013 ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for field hockey. The 2012-13 Sports Illustrated Female College Athlete of the Year, Shealy is a member of the prestigious Robertson Scholars program, a member of the Honors Program and represents the field hockey team on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council.
"I continue to be so proud of Loren and the example she sets," UNC field hockey coach Karen Shelton said. "She is proof that it is possible to be both an outstanding student and athlete. The way she represents UNC is a credit to herself and to her family, and I hope that kids will look to her as a role model and an example of the things that a student-athlete can accomplish."
To see the complete 2013-14 Division I Academic All-America at-large teams, click here.