Emmitsburg, Md. (July 5, 2013) – In just over a seven-week span, Mount St. Mary's women's tennis player Kelly Conroy saw her four years of hard work pay off with four major awards that recognized her excellence on the court and in the classroom. On June 6, Conroy took home one of the most prestigious accolades when she was named Capital One Academic All-America At-Large Third Team for No. 15 on the countdown of the 2012-13 Top 20 Moments.
With the selection, the graduate student from Tallahassee, Fla. became the first Mount athlete to earn Academic All-America recognition since men's soccer player Eric Detzel was a First Team selection in 2010. She was the first tennis player to receive the honor and the 13th overall in school history.
With a 3.97 undergraduate grade point average and a degree in Communications plus a 3.89 GPA in the Mount's MBA program, Conroy far exceeded the academic requirements of accumulating a 3.30 GPA and reaching at least sophomore status. She also bested the criteria on the court, needing to be a varsity starter or key reserve.
Conroy wrapped up her tennis career in 2013 with 68 career singles victories, which is the fifth most in school history. As a senior, she tied for second on the team with 17 singles wins, including a 6-0 mark against Northeast Conference opponents. She proved to be dominant with victories in 61.5 percent of No. 1 singles matches this season, good for second among NEC players. At No. 2 singles, she led the conference with an 85.7 winning percentage.
Her 19 singles wins in 2011-12 led the team and tied for the 10th most in school history. She compiled a 16-3 mark at No. 2 singles and 12-5 as part of the Mount's No. 1 doubles team as a junior.
Conroy's run of awards began on April 30 when she was named one of four recipients of the Sheridan Award at the annual Blue and White Banquet. Voted on by the Mount athletic department, the Sheridan Award is for the college student-athlete, who, through athletic and academic achievement, has exemplified the spirit and dedication demanded by intercollegiate athletics, and who, through such activity has fostered the ideals of Monsignor John L. Sheridan and Mount St. Mary's University
On May 17, Conroy took home Capital One Academic All-District 2 honors, putting her in the running for All-America status, which she achieved on June 6.
Just over a month later on June 20, the NEC announced Conroy as the women's tennis co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year as one of the top NEC performers on the court and in the classroom.
As a team, the 2012-13 Mountaineers put together a 9-12 mark, including a 3-2 record against the NEC in the regular season. For the fourth season in a row, Conroy helped the Mount qualify for the NEC Quarterfinals. During her freshman campaign in 2009-10, the Mount collected 16 wins, which are the second most since moving to Division I in 1988-89.
Throughout the summer, the athletic department will recap the top 20 moments of the 2012-13 season. Fans can follow along on MountAthletics.com and through social media (Facebook / Twitter). Use the hashtag #MountTop20 to give us your thoughts on the top 20.
20. Alicia Mirando Scores Twice to Beat FDU, Continues Mount's Strong Season
19. Emmit S. Burg Arrives on Campus
18. Mount Athletics Celebrates Women in Sports
17. Vanessa Blair Joins NEC Hall of Fame
16. Amanda Reach Ties for Sixth at NEC Championships
15. Kelly Conroy Earns Academic All-America Status
14. July 8, 2013
13. July 10, 2013
12. July 12, 2013
11. July 15, 2013
10. July 17, 2013
9. July 19, 2013
8. July 22, 2013
7. July 24, 2013
6. July 26, 2013
5. July 29, 2013
4. July 31, 2013
3. August 2, 2013
2. August 5, 2013
1. August 7, 2013