Greenwood, Ind. – The Lynn University cross country program continues to be recognized for its efforts on the course and in the classroom as Thalie Carmigniani became the second runner in program history to be named CoSIDA Academic All-District, as announced on Thursday, joining Sarah Northup's honor from 2014-15. This accomplishment recognizes the nation's top-student athletes for their combined performances on and off the field.
"Thalie being named to the All-Academic Team is a tremendous honor for both her and our program," said head coach Chris Wood. "She really embodies what it is to be a student-athlete at Lynn University."
The dual-sport athlete garnered a 4.0 graduate GPA earning her MBA in financial evaluation. During her time as an undergraduate, she held a 3.99 GPA majoring in business with a minor in graphic design.
As a graduate student, Carmigniani joined the cross country team and was Lynn's top finisher at all five meets this season, leading the Blue and White to their first ever NCAA South Regional team appearance. At the SSC Championships, Carmigniani ran the second-fastest 6K time (22:43.5) in program history. She also set the ninth-best 5K mark (20:51.48) at the Florida Tech invite.
Carmigniani is no stranger to CoSIDA Academic-All District recognition. In her final season of swimming for the Fighting Knights, Carmigniani was an At-Large All-District honoree and went on to be a First-Team Academic All-American. The Tours, France native was also a six-time College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) All-America honoree, five-time Sunshine State Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll recipient and a four-time CSCAA Scholar All-American.
This academic achievement was not the first this year for the cross country squad. The program received its first-ever team award after being named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team, posting a program GPA of 3.28 during the 2016 fall semester.
Carmigniani joins six other SSC athletes, Jazmine Elleston/Krystine Sora (Nova Southeastern), Colett Rampf (Saint Leo), Kayla Sullivan (Tampa) and Leanne Ellis/Eliza Gazda from provisional-SSC member Embry-Riddle on the District 5 First Team.
As an Academic All-District honoree, Carmigniani now advances to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month. The CoSIDA Academic All-America Team will be announced on Thursday, June 22.
View the full CoSIDA Academic All-District list HERE.