W&J’s C.J. Corcoran Named PAC SAAC Student-Athlete of Month
Washington, Pa. -- Washington & Jefferson College senior swimmer/track & field athlete C.J. Corcoran (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) was selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Month for February 2012.
Each month, SAAC members at a PAC school nominate a student-athlete to highlight based on academic and athletic accomplishments. Honorees must be a varsity member in their respective sport(s) and in their junior or senior year. Scholar-Athletes of the Month must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and be actively involved on his or her campus community.
This week, Corcoran will lead her Presidents into the PAC Championships at Grove City College. She helped W&J earn an 11-1 dual-meet record this winter and, in December, led the Presidents to the team title at the Grove City Winter Invitational. At Grove City, she swam the second leg on the winning 400 medley relay team (4:04.34).
A two-year team captain, Corcoran won two or more events in 11 of the Presidents’ 12 dual meets this season. Last year, she was the conference runner-up in the 50 freestyle (24.35) and the 100 breaststroke (1:08.35), while also swimming on the second-place 400 freestyle relay (3:38.75).
She was a 2011 First Team All-PAC choice after earning second-team laurels following her freshman and sophomore years. During her four-year career, W&J posted a 45-6 dual-meet record, including a perfect 13-0 junior season (2010-11), which marked the third undefeated season in school history.
During the spring, Corcoran is a member of the PAC champion track & field team and was honored as the 2011 PAC Field MVP. She won the conference javelin title and placed second in the high jump. Corcoran went on to compete at the NCAA Division III Championships where she placed 16th in the javelin.
Corcoran is a Spanish major (minor in education with certification in special education) who owns a 3.33 grade-point average. She is also a member of the Sigma Delta Pi Spanish honor society.
Founded in 1955, the Presidents’ Athletic Conference continues its mission of promoting intercollegiate athletics and the pursuit of academic excellence. Consisting of 10 select private institutions in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Kentucky, the PAC remains a unique organization in this day of high pressure intercollegiate athletics. With academics at the center of each member’s philosophy, the PAC is built on the principle that an athletic program is a part of college life, but not an entity in itself. The PAC annually crowns champions in 19 sports (10 men, nine women).