(Posted May 28, 2008)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Four Juniata College student-athletes were among the 32 honored by the Landmark Conference as members of the Spring 2008 All-Academic Team, which was released on Wednesday.

Two male and two female athletes from each of the eight Landmark Conference institutions were selected for the team, which honors athletes who have excelled academically and athletically. Nominees may compete in any Landmark Conference spring sport, must have at least sophomore standing, and a cumulative grade points average of 3.00 or better.

Juniata College honorees on the Landmark Conference Spring 2008 All-Academic Team are:

Tara Carl (Duke Center, Pa. / Otto-Eldred HS)
Jr., Softball
POE: Earth & Space Science
Tara was a Second team All-Landmark Conference selection at third base in 2008. She was second on the team, eighth in the Landmark Conference, in hitting with a .359 batting average, and led the Eagles with 33 runs scored. Among Landmark Conference leaders, she was tied for second in runs, and eighth in both total hits (42) and on base percentage (.424).

Pam Mansell (Centre Hall, Pa. / Penns Valley HS)
Jr., Softball
POE: Unified Elementary & Special Education, with secondary emphasis in Information Technology
Pam made 17 starts in the circle for the Juniata softball team, finishing the season with a 5-7 record over 76.2 innings pitched. She finished seventh among Landmark Conference pitching leaders in fewest walks allowed (29), and was eighth in fewest runs allowed (61). Academically, she posted the highest cumulative grade points average among any Juniata female student-athlete competing in a spring sport.

Andrew Snyder (Punxsutawney, Pa. / Punxsutawney HS)
Sr., Baseball
POE: Computer Science
Andrew was a Second team All-Landmark Conference selection for the Juniata baseball team, after posting a 6-3 record with a 4.65 earned run average over 60.0 innings pitched. His 42 strikeouts this season ranked him fourth among conference leaders, and he was fifth in the league in ERA.

Aaron Rhodes (Huntingdon, Pa. / Huntingdon Area HS)
Jr., Men's Tennis
POE: Business & Information Technology
Aaron finished the season with a 7-7 overall singles record, 4-3 in Landmark Conference matches. He tallied a 7-4 mark at #5 singles, tying the mark for the most wins in the conference at that flight. In doubles competition, he teamed with Jonathan Skoner for an impressive 10-4 record, all at #2 doubles, to record the conference's fourth-best winning percentage by a doubles team. In Landmark Conference doubles action, Rhodes and Skoner logged a 6-1 mark.

All four student-athletes named to the All-Academic Team were among the 40 Juniata College student-athletes named to the Landmark Conference's Spring 2008 Academic Honor Roll last week.

Member institutions of the Landmark Conference are: Catholic University of America, Drew University, Goucher College, Moravian College, Susquehanna University, the University of Scranton, and the United States Merchant Marine Academy, in addition to Juniata College.


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