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Six Yellow Jackets Named to VaSID Academic All-State Team

Courtney Lowers ready to attack.
Courtney Lowers ready to attack.

ASHLAND, Va. – Six Randolph-Macon student-athletes have been selected as members of the 2015-16 Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) Academic All-State team.

VaSID recognized 234 student-athletes from 41 colleges and universities across the state. To be eligible, a student-athlete was required to have at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average and be a sophomore or higher. Click here to view entire list.

VaSID is comprised of sports information or athletics communications professionals from intercollegiate institutions throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Membership is open to any individual affiliated with one of the state's institutions at the NCAA Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA, USCAA, NJCAA, community college and independent levels, provided that individual's area of responsibility lies within the realm of sports information

Randolph-Macon College Honorees 

Josh Carter, Jr., Mechanicsville, Va., 3.82, Engineering Physics, Men's Swimming

Madison Gilman, Sr., Glen Allen, Va., 3.38, Economics/Business & Sociology, Softball

Kelsie Grice, Jr., Hoover, Ala., 4.01, Business/Finance & Management, Women's Tennis

Courtney Lowers, Sr., Suffolk, Va., 3.42, Biology with Psychology minor, Volleyball

Tracy Moriconi, Sr., Richmond, Va., 3.93, Accounting, Economics, Mathematics, Women's Golf

Natalie Schnell, Sr., Bowie, Md., 3.70, History with English minor, Lacrosse/Field Hockey

Carter was the ODAC Scholar-Athlete for men’s swimming. He finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke at the 2016 ODAC Championships and earned Second Team All-ODAC honors. Carter also finished fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke. He contributed to the Yellow Jackets placing second in the 200 Medley Relay, 400 Medley Relay and 800 Medley Relay at the ODAC Championships. A graduate of Atlee High School, Carter helped the R-MC men’s swimming squad earn the designation of a Scholar All-America Team by the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). Carter is a Presidential Scholar and Dean’s List student. He is a member of Chi Beta Phi, a National Scientific Honorary, and a member of Sigma Pi Sigma, a Physics Honor Society. Carter won the Phi Beta Kappa Sophomore Award and was the recipient of the Watts Scholarship and R.L. Moore Calculus Prize.

Gilman was the first All-American in the history of the R-MC softball program, receiving honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) as well as HERO Sports. Gilman was selected All-Atlantic Region First Team for the second time by the NFCA. She was voted All-ODAC First Team for the third time. Gilman was also named to the VaSID All-State First Team. A graduate of Patrick Henry High School, Gilman started all 44 games this season and caught every inning. She was second in the ODAC with 11 home runs and third with 11 doubles, 101 total bases and slugging percentage of .732. Gilman was sixth in the conference with 55 hits and was eighth with a batting average of .399 and on-base percentage of .466. Defensively, Gilman led the ODAC with 12 runners caught stealing. She was sixth in the conference with 253 putouts and 290 total chances. During Gilman's four-year career, the Yellow Jackets amassed 117 victories, the most in a four-year period in program history. Gilman sits atop several R-MC career lists, including 163 games, 183 hits, 43 doubles and hit by pitches. She is second with 138 career RBI and third with 28 career home runs and 117 career runs. Gilman is also third with a slugging percentage of .645.

Grice was selected to the All-ODAC Second Team at No. 1 Singles. A graduate of Charlotte Country Day, Grice powered to a 12-3 overall record, including 8-2 in conference play. She went 10-3 at No. 1 Singles and 2-0 at No. 2 Singles. Grice teamed with freshman Gaby Tersigni to earn All-ODAC Second Team and VaSID All-State Second Team honors. The duo posted a 15-3 overall record and a 9-1 performance in ODAC play at No. 2 Doubles. The R-MC women’s tennis team won its first 15 matches of the season en route to a 17-2 overall record. R-MC went 9-1 in ODAC play, earned a regional ranking for its performance and advanced to the ODAC Championship for the first time in school history.

Lowers won the Susan Locke de Nagy Award at the R-MC Champions Dinner this past spring. It is presented to a senior female student-athlete in recognition of her outstanding athletic accomplishments, leadership, and sportsmanship. A two-time captain, Lowers finished her career at R-MC as the all-time leader in kills with 1,478, which is third in ODAC history, and was named ODAC Player of the Year in her junior and senior seasons. As a junior, she led the ODAC with 492 kills and averaged 4.6 kills per set, which put her fifth in the nation. In her senior season, Lowers helped lead her team to an ODAC Championship and to the NCAA National Quarterfinals and was named Most Outstanding Player of the Galloway Regional. In addition, she accumulated a plethora of awards including being named First Team All-ODAC three times, First Team All-Region and All-State twice, and became the first student-athlete in R-MC Volleyball history to be an All-American. A graduate of Nansemond River High School, Lowers is a member of six National Honor Societies ranging from science, to leadership, to sororities. She was a four-year member of the Dean's List and a member of the Pre-Health Society.

Moriconi was named a Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholar. In her senior season, she finished second on the team and eighth in the ODAC among players with 10 or more rounds with a scoring average of 84.2. She was sixth out of 48 individuals at the Methodist Invitational at 173 (80-93). Moriconi, a Third Team All-ODAC honoree, was 13th at the NYU Invitational at 159 (80-79) and 14th at the Max and Susan Stith Invitational at 164 (86-78). She finished 10th at the ODAC Championship at 265 (88-88-89). A graduate of St. Catherine’s School, Moriconi also received ODAC All-Academic and Phi Beta Kappa accolades. Off the course, she was President of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Economics Honors Society. Moriconi held a leadership position in Pi Mu Epsilon, the Honorary National Mathematics Society. She was also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, and Chi Beta Phi, the Interdisciplinary Scientific Honorary Society.

Schnell received the ODAC Scholar-Athlete Award for women’s lacrosse and was voted to the All-ODAC First Team and VaSID All-State Second Team. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Schnell was previously named to the ODAC All-Academic Team, the VaSID Academic All-State Team and the NCAA Division III All-Academic Team. She was also inducted into Sigma Tau Delta and received the history department's Russell B. DeVine Award as well as the Phi Beta Kappa Douglas W. Ford Award. A graduate of Elizabeth Seton High School, Schnell started all 18 games on defense this past season and was second on the team with 17 caused turnovers. She was fifth on the team with 22 ground balls. Schnell helped the Yellow Jackets post an overall record of 12-6 and an 8-1 ODAC mark. R-MC reached the ODAC Championship Game for the second consecutive year. A season ago, Schnell was First Team All-ODAC, Second Team All-Region and Second Team All-State. This past fall, Schnell was Third Team All-ODAC for field hockey. She started all 18 games and contributed to five shutout victories, the third-highest total in the conference.