WESTMINSTER — Western Maryland College catcher Claudia Henemyre of Harford County has been selected to the GTE Academic All-America College Division softball first team, said national coordinator Bill Cable, sports information director at Northeast Missouri State University.
In addition, the Havre de Grace resident earned a spot on the GTE Academic All-America College Division District II at-large team for her participation with the Green Terror women's soccer squad.
The at-large program includes nominees from as many as 16 sports not covered in the other seven Academic All-America categories.
Henemyre, a junior, is a biology major with a 3.87 cumulative grade-point average. She is Western Maryland's first Academic All-America first-team selection since 1986 graduate Nicky Pesik earned the honor during the 1985 volleyball season.
Henemyre is a Dean's List student,a member of the Western Maryland Honors Program, and a cadet in the college's Army Reserve Officers Training Corps. She has been inductedinto Beta Beta Beta, the national biology honor society, and OmicronDelta Kappa, a national society recognizing leadership qualities.
Henemyre was the third-team catcher on last year's College Division Academic All-America team and also has earned Middle Atlantic Conference Academic Honor Roll recognition four times.
On the softball diamond, the two-year Green Terror co-captain batted a .327 average. She had 17 hits in 52 at-bats, with 12 runs batted in, 10 runs scored, one double, one triple and one home run.
In addition, Henemyre wason the 1990 MAC women's soccer All-Star team and earned Western Maryland's Most Valuable Player award after making 170 saves and allowingonly 19 goals.
Henemyre also was honored with the 1990-1991 Spirit of Western Maryland award, presented to the female student-athlete who displays dedication to the athletic program through hard work anda team-oriented attitude, with preference given to those who play more than one sport.
Besides her exploits in soccer and softball, she earned her first basketball letter in the 1990-1991 season after averaging 4.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 23 games.
To reach the national ballot, Henemyre was first selected to the District II team by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America from Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The national balloting is conducted by a committeeof CoSIDA members.
The College Division includes National Collegiate Athletic Association Divisions II and III and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
The national Academic All-America University and College Division at-large teams will be announced June 24.