Two Presidents Named Capital One Academic All-Americans
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Recent Washington & Jefferson College graduate Erin Barno (Camp Hill, Pa./Cedar Cliff) and junior Josh Etzel (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth Forward) were both selected to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division III At-Large Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Tuesday.
A standout wrestler, Etzel is the first W&J first-team selection since Mitch Erdely ’10 was named to the Capital One Football Academic All-America Team in 2009. Barno, a field hockey player, earned second-team recognition and became the 11th female in school history to earn Academic All-America laurels.
The W&J duo becomes the 29th and 30th student-athletes in school history to earn a national Academic All-America award. A total of 41 Presidents have earned Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America status, including 11 two-time selections. David Damico ’81 earned the school’s first award in 1978.
Washington & Jefferson was one of 11 colleges or universities to have both a male and female Academic All-American along with Carnegie Mellon, Emory, Grove City, Johns Hopkins, Kenyon, MIT, Plattsburgh State, Rochester, Washington University (Mo.), Wisconsin-Lacrosse. Etzel and Barno continue W&J’s recent run of impressive student-athletes as 12 of the 30 Academic All-Americans in school history have come since 2007.
The Capital One Academic All-America At-Large Team is the toughest to earn a spot on as it features all NCAA Division III student-athletes in the following sports: Women’s Bowling, Women’s Crew, Men’s and Women’s Fencing, Women’s Field Hockey, Men’s and Women’s Golf, Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics, Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s and Women’s Rifle, Men’s and Women’s Skiing, Men’s and Women’s Swimming, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Men’s Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Water Polo and Men’s Wrestling.
Etzel owns a 3.81 grade-point average and majors in biochemistry (pre-health minor). He was one of two wrestlers selected to the first team, joining Adam Sheley of Wisconsin-Lacrosse. Etzel set a school record for single-season victories with his 37-7 record as a 165-pounder.
The President of Phi Psi earned his second-straight appearance at the NCAA Division III Tournament this winter and became the program’s first NCAA All-American since 2002 after claiming sixth place. A two-time Presidents’ Athletic Conference champion, will enter his final collegiate season with a 68-13 record (.840). He currently sits 14th on the school’s all-time win list and he has a chance to become only the fourth wrestler in school history to win 100 matches (Kevin DeJuliis ’03 - 117, Matt Smith ’05 - 113, Wes Koteski ’02 - 108).
Etzel is a four-time conference wrestler of the week and the 2012 NCAA Division III Midwest Regional 141-pound champion.
Barno’s Academic All-America award caps a banner year in which she also earned a NCAA postgraduate scholarship. She graduated with a 3.86 GPA after majoring in both mathematics and art.
For the second-straight year, Barno earned NFHCA Second Team All-North Atlantic Region and First Team All-Empire 8 Conference honors. She scored 10 goals and five assists for 25 points this fall and concluded her career tied for the W&J assist record (21). Barno also ranks third in both points (83) and goals (31) in the school record books.
Barno became the first player in Presidents’ field hockey history to play in the NFHCA Senior Game which features 60 of the top players in NCAA Division III.
In 2011, Barno helped W&J win its first-ever Empire 8 Championship and make its first appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament. A three-time Alpha Scholar and a recipient of the college’s Magellan Scholarship, Barno was a member of the Pi Mu Epsilon (Mathematics Honorary Society) and the Alpha Lambda Delta (Academic Honorary Society). Barno and her senior teammates tied the school record for wins by a senior class with 48 during their four years.
Etzel is the first W&J wrestler to earn Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America recognition since W&J Athletic Hall of Famer Gregg Ferrero ’87 and Tom Lapcevic ’87 were both named to the 1987 squad. Barno is the second field hockey player selected, joining former teammate Shelby Colyer ’12.