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6 Flames Make VaSID Academic All-State Team
Liberty student-athletes Phillip Aseweh, Karen Blocker, Pat Kelly, Giancarlo Lemmi, Chloe McIntosh and Brye Ravettine have all been named to the 2011-12 Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) Academic All-State Team.
Every Commonwealth college and university, including NCAA Division I, II, and III, NAIA, and independents, had the opportunity to submit athletes to be honored. To be eligible, student-athletes were required to have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or better. The student must have achieved sophomore status, and he or she could not have been in the first season of competition at their current school.
Aseweh, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting, excelled both on and off the soccer field in 2011. He was a second team Capital One Academic All-American, with a 3.62 grade-point average. Meanwhile, the leading scorer for the Big South champion Flames earned first team All-Big South and second team NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region honors.
A nursing major with a 3.87 grade-point average, Blocker made the Big South All-Academic Team for women's soccer. She made a successful return from injury, starting all 20 matches at goalkeeper during the 2011 campaign and posting four shutouts for the Lady Flames.
Kelly, who boasts a 4.0 grade-point average as an exercise science major, earned first team Capital One Academic All-America honors. The rising senior was a second team All-Big South pick at wide receiver, after hauling in 40 receptions for 591 yards and three touchdowns.
Lemmi earned his second consecutive Big South All-Academic Team berth in men's tennis, shortly before he graduated with a 3.88 grade-point average in kinesiology. On the court, the Brazilian was part of an All-Big South doubles pairing, along with Siim Tuus.
McIntosh, a National Lacrosse Conference (NLC) All-Academic Team honoree for the third year in a row, graduated in May as a kinesiology major with a 3.77 grade-point average. The defender, who made the second team All-NLC squad, has started 48 of the 49 matches in Liberty women's lacrosse program history.
Rising junior Ravettine recently completed an impressive year of swimming at the U.S. Olympic Trials. The CCSA Women's Swimmer of the Year and honorable mention All-American owns a 3.71 grade-point average as a criminal justice major.
Liberty's 2011-12 VaSID Academic All-State Team Honorees
Name, Class, Sport, Major, Hometown, Cumulative GPA
Phillip Aseweh, Senior, Men's Soccer, Accounting, Navrongo, Ghana, 3.62
Karen Blocker, Redshirt Junior, Women's Soccer, Nursing, Bowie, Md., 3.87
Pat Kelly, Junior, Football, Exercise Science, New Orleans, La., 4.0
Giancarlo Lemmi, Senior, Men's Tennis, Kinesiology, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 3.88
Chloe McIntosh, Senior, Women's Lacrosse, Kinesiology, Dallas, Texas, 3.77
Brye Ravettine, Redshirt Sophomore, Women's Swimming, Criminal Justice, Mahwah, N.J., 3.71