Gannon University's Colleen Harriger Garners First Team CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District Honors

Colleen Harriger
Colleen Harriger

ERIE, Pa. -- Gannon University's Colleen Harriger (Jr., Erie, Pa./McDowell) has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Capital One Academic All-District College Division At-Large First Team for District II. She advances to the Capital One Academic All-America ballot, where first, second and third team honorees will be announced on June 7.

The District II region includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Athletes named to the first team qualify for the national ballot. To be nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.3 or higher cumulative grade point average and be a starter or significant reserve. The At-Large team team consists of athletes from the following sports: swimming, water polo, wrestling, tennis, ice hockey, lacrosse, fencing, rifle, volleyball and golf.

Harriger earned academic all-district honors for the second consecutive season, landing a spot on the third team last year. The junior has been a key part of Gannon's water polo and swimming teams while posting a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade-point average as a Pre-Med/Biology major. In addition to receiving the NCAA Division II Athletics Directors Association (ADA) Academic Achievement Award last season, she was also named to the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Scholar-Athlete team.

A two-time All-CWPA Western Division second-team selection, Harriger led Gannon in goals (69) and steals (59) this season. She finished sixth nationally in goals per match (2.9) and tied for 14th in total goals. Harriger also tallied 17 earned kick-outs and 20 assists this season.

Her 69 goals in 2011 represent the fourth-highest single-season total in school history. Harriger ranks fourth all-time at Gannon in goals (143), 10th in sprint-offs (12), 11th in assists (58), 12th in earned kickouts (31) and 12th in steals (117).

As a swimmer, Harriger qualified for the PSAC championships in the 200-yard IM and the 400-yard IM. She was part of 10 top-three individual or relay finishes.

She is one of five CWPA student-athletes (men and women) to garner All-District honors joining fellow First Team selections Columbus Leonard of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ali Arat of Fordham University and Jeremy Selbst of Johns Hopkins University.  Mercyhurst College's Andy Sekulski earned Second Team honors.

Release courtesy Gannon Athletic Communications

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