Brooks and Swarthout earn Academic All-District honors

Brooks and Swarthout earn Academic All-District honors

WASHINGTON – Lisa Brooks and Mary Swarthout have been selected to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District women's at-large teams, it was announced on Thursday.  Brooks, a member of CUA's swim team, and Swarthout, a two-sport standout for the Cardinals, were selected to the District 2 Second Team.

Brooks, who recently graduated from CUA, had a remarkable career in and out of the pool for the Cardinals.  She is the only female swimmer in the history of the Landmark Conference to win the same event four times – and she did it in two different events.  An eight-time conference champion, Brooks holds the school record in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and the 400 medley relay, the Landmark Conference record in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and the conference meet record in the 100 and 200 breaststroke.  She was the first female swimmer in Landmark Conference annals to qualify for the NCAA championships and the first female swimmer at CUA to accomplish the feat since the mid 1990's.

Out of the pool Brooks carried a 3.82 grade point average as a biology major.  She was a multi-year member of the Dean's List and Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll as well as a Scholar All-American.  Brooks was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, she was awarded with the Senior Academic Excellence Award and was a member of the Biology and German Clubs.  She was also recently honored with CUA's Senior Athlete Award.

A member of the Cardinals field hockey and lacrosse teams, Swarthout has excelled at both sports during her time in the red and black.  This past fall she earned first team All-Landmark Conference and second team All-South Atlantic Region Team honors in field hockey, while helping lead the Cardinals to their most wins in program history and first-ever ECAC championship.  Swarthout finished the season with 17 goals and 43 points, leading the team in goals, assists, points and game-winning goals.

Swarthout then moved to lacrosse where she was recognized as the 2011 Landmark Conference Player of the Year as well as a first team All-Region and All-Conference selection.  A native of Rockville, Md., Swarthout led CUA in goals (65), points (92), ground balls (52) and draw controls (57), while ranking second in caused turnovers (25) and third in assists (27).  She also led the conference in points and game-winning goals (4). Swarthout was named the conference's Player of the Week on three occasions and scored at least three goals in 13 different games in helping lead CUA to its fourth consecutive Landmark Conference crown and NCAA Tournament appearance.

Swarthout has been equally impressive off the field, carrying a 3.74 grade point average as a nursing major.  She is a multi-year member of the Dean's List and Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll as well as the SGI/NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad, which recognizes student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher.  Swarthout is also a member of CUA's SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee) program and earlier this year she received the Mary J. O'Dwyer Flynn Memorial Award, which is the highest honor at CUA presented to a junior female.