PHILADELPHIA - The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America teams in the sport of women's cross country/track & field Wednesday afternoon, and Penn senior Jesse Carlin was honored with third-team recognition.
Carlin is one of just 45 athletes nationwide at the NCAA Division I level to be so honored. She had become eligible for Academic All-America consideration by being voted Academic All-District by CoSIDA members. In order to be eligible for these honors, a student-athlete must hold at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA, and be in his or her second year at the institution for which he/she competes.
Carlin, who graduated in May, enjoyed a stellar career at Penn -- at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March, she earned All-America in the 800 and on the Quakers' distance medley relay. Carlin also ran at the NCAA Outdoor Championships a few weeks ago after winning the 800 at the Heptagonal, ECAC and NCAA East Regional championship meets, and just missed a berth into the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials. She was this year's recipient of the Association of Alumnae Fathers' Award, which is generally considered the top honor for a female student-athlete at the University of Pennsylvania.
Carlin, who has already been accepted into Penn's Ph.D. program for Pharmacology, graduated with five individual school records and seven other marks with various relay teams.
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