Hudson Valley Student-Athletes Earn Academic All-American Status

Women's Tennis Team Earns Academic Team Honor

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, June 27, 2005

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) recognized seven Hudson Valley Community College student-athletes as Academic All-Americans for having at least a 3.6 cumulative grade point average following the 2004-05 academic year. In addition, Hudson Valley's women's tennis team earned an Academic Team of the Year award for having a cumulative team GPA above 3.0.

Jasmeet Dhamija (Latham/Shaker High School), a member of the women's tennis team, Reality Price (Nassau/Columbia High School), a member of the softball team, and cross country runner Monica Kilcer (Kinderhook) earned the Distinguished Academic All-American award for having over a 3.8 GPA.

Also earning Academic All-American honors were Terrence Bynum (Brooklyn/Abraham Lincoln High School) and Chris Schaefer (Coxsackie/Coxsackie-Athens High School) of the football team, women's basketball player Elizabeth Ferenczy (Coxsackie/Coxsackie-Athens High School), and bowler Jessica Ingraham (Ravena/Ravena-Coeymans Selkirk High School).

The 2004 Hudson Valley women's tennis team combined to post a 3.36 cumulative team grade point average, which ranked eighth out of 99 NJCAA teams. Joining Dhamija on the tennis team were Isma Butt (Malta/Ballston Spa High School), Desiray Cisar (Esperance/Schoharie High School), Mary Nguyen (Albany/Colonie High School), Jennifer Swartz (Castleton/Maple Hill High School), Andrea Tedesco (North Greenbush/Columbia High School) and Kim Wintergerst (Burnt Hills/Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School).

The tennis team, which finished third at the 2004 Region III tournament, was the fourth Hudson Valley squad to earn the Academic Team of the Year award in the 2004 calendar year, joining lacrosse, volleyball and softball.

Hudson Valley athletic teams combined to win 60.4 percent of their games in the 2004-05 school year. Ten of its 14 athletic teams participated in postseason play.