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TOWSON, Md. - The Mid-American Conference had eight student-athletes honored for academic success as recipients of 2012 Capital One Academic All-America honors, as recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
On the men’s side, Akron represented the Mid-American Conference with four members honored. For the third consecutive year, Chad Barson and David Meves have been named to the academic teams. Senior Scott Caldwell earns academic team honors for a second consecutive year and joining his teammates for the first time is junior Reinaldo Brenes.
A three-time All-Mid American Conference first team selection, Barson scored two goals as a senior. Seeded fifth in the NCAA Tournament, the Zips finished the season with an 18-1-3 record and was eliminated on penalty kicks by Creighton in the NCAA quarter-finals. A biology major with a 3.99 G.P.A., Barson earned Capital One Academic All-America® second team honors as a sophomore and first team notice as a junior. The Lewis Center, Ohio native was an NSCAA second team All-American selection.
An accounting major with a 3.94 G.P.A., Caldwell is a Hermann Trophy candidate and one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS award. A Capital One Academic All-American® second team selection last year, the Braintree, Mass. native scored a career-high nine goals, including three game-winners, and had 10 assists for 28 points this season for Akron. He ranks eighth nationally in assists (10), 23rd in assists per game (0.45), and 29th in total points (28). Named as the Mid-America Conference Player of the Year, he is a two-year team captain and was a NSCAA All-America first team selection last season.
An international business major with a 3.90 G.P.A., Brenes led Akron with 11 goals and ranked 29th nationally this season, including four game-winners. He is 22nd in the nation in goals per game (0.65) and 34th in points per game (1.41). The San Jose, Costa Rica native recorded his first career hat trick against Buffalo on Sept. 29. He also earned first team All-MAC honors this season for Akron, which was ranked number one in the nation for a while.
The corporate finance major with a 3.77 G.P.A., Meves became the NCAA's all-time shutouts leader this season with the 51st shutout of his career against Michigan State on October 31st. The senior goalkeeper has been a part of 14 shutouts, which is the program's third highest single-season total all-time leader. Barson and Meves are the first three-time Academic All-America® selections in Akron men’s soccer history.
On the women's teams, senior defender Skylar Chew of Ball State joins the Capital One Academic All-America First Team. She is the only Capital One Academic All-America First Team player in the MAC this season.
Chew, who also earned second-team recognition in 2010, becomes the first Ball State women's soccer player ever to earn academic all-district honors three times. The senior psychology major from Mason, Ohio, owns a perfect 4.0 GPA and will now be on the Academic All-America ballot.
On the field, Chew started all 20 games this season on the Ball State back line and played every minute. She scored two goals, including the game-winner against Bowling Green with 35 seconds remaining in the second overtime period.
For her career, Chew ranks among Ball State's all-time leaders with 68 starts and 6,187 minutes played in a Cardinals uniform. She scored three career goals and added five assists.
Senior's Hannah Newhouse (Kent State), and Bailey Brandon (Central Michigan) were named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Second Team and Toledo's Natalia Gaitan earned Third Team accolades.
Newhouse owns a 3.97 grade-point average in psychology, with a pre-med emphasis. She was a 2011 Academic all-MAC honoree and has earned academic honors all six semesters at Kent State, including President’s List (4.0 on 4.0 scale) twice. Newhouse is the second player in Kent State history to be recognized for academic and athletic success by CoSIDA.
As a senior, Newhouse aided Kent State in posting one of their most successful seasons in program history. Newhouse started all 20 games for the Golden Flashes – in fact, played in every minute – while aiding Kent State to a 13-5-2 record. As a defender, Newhouse helped the team post nineshutouts in 20 games, a total that is second-best in program history.
Brandon, a law and economics major with a 3.94 grade point average who earned third-team honors in 2011, is the only player from NCAA Division I schools in the state of Michigan to earn Academic All-America distinction. She is one of just four players of 33 2012 honorees to have earned All-America honors in back-to-back seasons.
The award is just the latest in her collection of accolades, having already earned Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-MAC and First Team Academic All-District V honors in 2012. She was also recognized with the CMU Dick Enberg Scholar Athlete of the Year award, and was selected as one of 30 semifinalists nationally in the Senior CLASS Award competition.
Gaitan, the 2012 tri-captain holds an impressive 3.93 GPA in pre-business and a season ago was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-America Third Team.
Gaitan has represented her home country as a team captain on the world’s biggest stages at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2011 FIFA World Cup. An excellent student in the classroom as well, the two-time Academic All-MAC selection has been a member of UT’s Dean’s List each of the last six semesters, including a perfect 4.0 GPA in Fall 2010.
2012 Capital One Academic All-America
Men's MAC Soccer Honorees:
Chad Barson (Akron)
Scott Caldwell (Akron)
Reinaldo Brenes (Akron)
David Meves (Akron)
Women's MAC Soccer Honorees:
Skylar Chew (Ball State)
Hannah Newhouse (Kent State)
Bailey Brandon (Central Michigan)
Natalia Gaitan (Toledo)
For a complete release of 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® honorees, visit www.cosida.com