POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y - Michelle Fountain (Sayville, N.Y.) of the Marist Swimming and Diving team was named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-American At-Large Team on Thursday. Fountain, who majored in Education/Psychology, graduated from Marist last month.
Following her All-District nod on May 21, Fountain was chosen to the Third Team from a field that included At-Large honorees from across the nation. This marks the 15th time a Marist student-athlete has earned Academic All-America accolades. Fountain is also the first Marist swimmer in school history to earn this exclusive honor.
In 2012, she won her first-ever individual MAAC Championship as she won the 500-yd freestyle title over teammate Kate Conard with a time of 4:55.65. With four relay titles this past season, Fountain closed her Red Fox career with 10 team titles. Her 200-, 400- and 800-yd freestyle and 400-yd medley relay teams are etched atop the Marist record books with the best times in program history.
This year's At-Large field consisted of athletes from swimming & diving, lacrosse, ice hockey, gymnastics, tennis, water polo, crew, golf, skiing, fencing and rifle.
Here are Marist's all-time Academic All-Americans ...
Michelle Fountain, women's swimming & diving (Third Team)
Brittany Burns, women's track & field (Second Team)
Erin Betsch, women's lacrosse (Second Team)
Ricky Pacione, baseball (Second Team)
Joe Touloumis, men's soccer (First Team)
Rachele Fitz, women's basketball (Third Team)
Joe Touloumis, men's soccer (Second Team)
Melissa Giordano, softball (Third Team)
Ryan Schneider, men's basketball (Second Team)
Mike Rolek, track & field (Third Team)
Viktor Sapezhnikov, men's tennis (First Team)
David Bennett, men's basketball (Second Team)
Jenny Shanks, women's soccer (Second Team)
Amanda Koldjeski, softball (Second Team)
Gregg Chodkowski, men's basketball (Third Team)