PISCATAWAY, NJ - Rutgers fencing standout Alexis Jemal (Westfield, NJ) and swimming leader Erin McIntyre (Broomfield, CO) were honored on the 2003 Verizon Academic All-District II University Division Women’s At-Large First-Team, as announced on May 22 by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The two student-athletes will be placed on the ballot for the Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-America Women’s At-Large Team, which will be announced Thursday, June 12.
Jemal finished the fencing season as the 2003 NCAA saber champion, posting a 33-2 record. She was ranked fifth in the nation and won saber titles at the Penn State Open on Nov. 17, the Temple Open on Jan. 26 and the NCAA Regionals on March 9. In 2002, Jemal finished 10th at the NCAAs and in 2001 she finished fifth nationally and was the team’s MVP.
As prolific in the classroom as she is in competition, Jemal earned Rutgers’ President’s Award in 2001 and 2002 for her 4.0 grade point average. She finished the 2002 fall semester with a 3.886 GPA in sociology.
Despite missing the first two months of the season with a broken collarbone, McIntyre qualified for the NCAA Championships in three different events, the 1650 freestyle, 500 freestyle and 400 individual medley. She earned All-America status as a junior and was named an honorable mention All-American as a sophomore. The Broomfield, CO, native owns several school and BIG EAST records.
McIntyre excelled in the classroom as well, earning a cumulative GPA of 3.857 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. She was named the 2002-03 Female BIG EAST/Aeropostale Scholar-Athlete of the Year back in February. McIntyre also earned Academic All-America honors from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) last season. She was also a member of the Dean’s List and All-BIG EAST Academic Team.
To be nominated, student-athletes must have a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average, be a significant member of her respective team and be at least a sophomore.