Navy gymnast Christian Correale (Sr., Harrisburg, Pa.), swimmer Zach Piedt (Sr., Fort Mill, S.C.), and lacrosse players Christian Daniel (So., Owings, Md.) and Anne Richter (Sr., Hinsdale, Ill.) received Academic All-District II accolades from the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday.
All four will now advance to the national ballot that will determine CoSIDA’s Academic All-America Teams.
To be eligible for the initial district ballot, student-athletes must have attained a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30 through the end of the 2018 fall semester, be at a minimum a sophomore academically, and be a starter or key reserve on their respective team.
Navy’s athletes were all at-large sports selections, which consists of women’s beach volleyball, women’s bowling, women’s crew, fencing, women’s field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, men’s volleyball, water polo and men’s wrestling.
CoSIDA’s District II consists of Division I schools located in Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. Each school is allowed to nominate up to four student-athletes for their respective men’s and women’s district ballots.
Stanford led the nation with five honorees. Navy joined Alabama, Arizona State, Brown, Harvard, Minnesota and West Virginia with four recipients apiece.
An applied mathematics major with a 3.96 GPA, Correale was a leading member of Navy’s rings and parallel bars lineups during his senior year. The senior team captain from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania was the ninth-best scorer on both the rings and parallel bars in the ECAC with averages of 13.26 and 13.1, respectively.
At the 2019 ECAC Championship, Correale earned all-league honors with a 12.9-point result that ranked fourth overall. He helped lead Navy to its fourth-straight NCAA Championship appearance.
Correale’s work in the classroom has earned him First Team All-America Scholar-Athlete distinction by the Collegiate Gymnastics Association three straight years. He is one of six gymnasts from across the nation to earn all-district accolades. He ranks in the top-75 in Academic Order of Merit (61st), Military Order of Merit (26nd) and Overall Order of Merit (54th) for the Naval Academy’s Class of 2019.
Piedt concluded his academic career with a 3.98 GPA as a computer science major after having posted a 4.00 GPA in each of his final seven semesters. The senior from Fort Mill, South Carolina ranked 20th in the Class of 2019 on the Overall Order of Merit.
A CoSIDA Academic All-District selection in 2018, Piedt was selected as the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for his sport as both a junior and senior.
In the pool, Piedt earned his second first-team all-league nod in as many years this season after placing second in the 100 fly and 100 free and third in the 50 free at this year’s championship.
A starter in all 13 games this season, Daniel closed out the 2019 season as the team’s second-leading scorer with 43 points on a team-best 31 goals and 12 assists. He produced 10 multi-point games over the course of the season, including nine multi-goal games, six hat tricks and three multi-assist contests.
The sophomore from Owings, Maryland has already produced 74 career points, the most by a Navy player in his first two seasons since Tucker Hull amassed 85 between 2011 and 2012.
The Northern-Calvert graduate ranked No. 61 in Academic Order of Merit, No. 2 in Military Order of Merit and No. 13 in Overall Order of Merit among the Class of 2021 (1,149 students). Daniel owns a 3.96 grade-point average in physics and has been named to both the Superintendent’s and Commandant’s List in each of his four semesters at the Naval Academy.
Richter is a mechanical engineering major who boasts a cumulative 4.00 GPA and is a three-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. The senior from Hinsdale, Illinois made the Superintendent’s List and Commandant’s List distinction in all eight of her semesters at the academy.
Earlier this year, Richter was named a Marshall Scholar, one of the most prestigious honors available to undergraduate students in the U.S. Richter is one of 29 midshipman in the class of 2019 selected to be Bowman scholars, and is currently conducting independent research with nuclear applications.
On the field, Richter played in 21 games with starts and amassed 29 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers on defense.
Navy Lightweight Rowing: The Midshipmen had a stellar start to their 2-19 postseason with five top-three performances by six boats at the Eastern Sprints on Sunday.
Racing on a 2,000-meter course on Lake Quinsigamond, Navy’s depth was showcased as its first, third, fourth, fifth and sixth varsity crews all came away with medals.
Navy's third crew highlighted the all-day action with a victory in its respective classification, while its first varsity came in third to earn its best finish since 2006. As a program, Navy placed third in the Jope Cup standings.
"Our whole squad raced with tremendous intent and purpose and it showed in each event today,” Navy coach Shawn Bagnall said.
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Navy's day of racing on Sunday consisted of heat racing in the morning for its top three boats and direct grand final contests for its fourth, fifth and sixth varsity boats.
Originally seeded seventh coming into the championship, the first varsity eight out-performed projections all day. After turning in the fourth fastest time among nine teams in the morning heats, Navy came back in the grand final and finished third at 6:37.953.
Navy’s third varsity crew took top-billing for the racing on Sunday with a pair of standout performances. After finishing first in heat two with a 6:44.855 result, Navy repeated that effort with an outright win in the grand final.
Taking on a six-team field, the Mids completed the 2,000-meter race with a time of 6:41.518, 1.208 seconds ahead of runner-up Yale.
Navy's fourth varsity eight stepped to the line in a six-team grand final on Sunday afternoon. In a fairly spaced out contest, the Mids settled into third place with a time of 6:43.011.
Salisbury Women’s Lacrosse: Junior defender Kendall Bannan was among six Sea Gulls named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Region team.
Bannan was a second team selection in the Chesapeake Region after recording 32 caused turnovers and scooping 35 ground balls. The St. Mary’s High graduate was named All-Region for the first time in her career.