Last WNE Student-Athlete of the Week Awards Handed Out for the Month of February

Last WNE Student-Athlete of the Week Awards Handed Out for the Month of February
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--The Western New England University Athletics Department has announced that the women's swimming team and men's ice hockey student-athlete Andy Cramer (New Wilmington, Pa./Rochester Stars/EJHL) have been named as the WNE student-athletes of the week, for the period ending Sunday.

The women's swimming team ended its season last weekend by breaking a total of 12 school records during the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association Championships at the University of Rhode Island on Friday-Saturday, Feb. 13-14, and a time trials event against Elms College on Sunday, Feb. 15. Weather cancellations prevented the teams from competing at the third session of the NEISDAs, but that didn't stop the Golden Bears from shattering previous records. The squad completed a terrific season against the Blazers with WNE records by Erika Sheinhait in the 100-yard freestyle in 54.77 seconds, Sheinhait again in the 100-individual medley at 1 minute and 4.34 seconds, Allison Ryan in the 200-breastroke in 2:42.24, and Chelsea Miemiec, Nicole Birchenough, Ryan, and Sheinhait in the 400-free relay with a time of 3:54.48. At the NEISDAs, Western New England scored 151 points on the opening day and 115 on the second for a total of 266, putting the team in 12th place out of 20 schools. In 2014, the team had 180 points for 16th overall.

In addition to making school history, the team received a NCAA Division III Scholar All-America Team citation from the College Swimming Coaches' Association of America, presented by Nike. The Fall Team Scholar All American award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams, who have achieved a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher in the fall semester/quarter. The Golden Bears posted a 3.08 GPA during the fall semester. This is the 12th semester in a row WNE has been recognized by the CSCAA for academic achievement.

Cramer, a senior, scored two goals and two assists for four total points in a home-and-home series with Eastern College Athletic Conference Northeast opponent Nichols College. He also had five shots and a plus-2 rating against the regular-season conference champion Bison.

The biology major wrapped up the season with six points in his last five games as a Golden Bear, setting personal records of six goals, 10 assists and 16 points.