Oct. 2, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - A-Division skipper Jack Field and crew Julie Arsenault, two of MIT's long-standing talents on the water, have been named to the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) All-Academic Team. Field was awarded First Team honors, while Arsenault made the Second Team. The recognition honors outstanding male and female scholar athletes who have succeeded at the highest level in the sport and in the classroom.
Field, the perennial leader of Tech's outstanding sailing cast, is a senior majoring in Aeronautics and Astronautics and has a GPA of 3.80. Arsenault, the gifted second-in-command, is a senior majoring in Mechanical and Ocean Engineering and has a GPA of 4.00. Both honorees, who hail from Connecticut - Field from Noank, and Arsenault from Thompson - were nominated by MIT for academic and athletic performance during the 2006-2007 academic year.
"Both these individuals have met a certain balance between sailing on a competitive team and academic excellence, and they reflect great credit upon the collegiate sailing community," said ICSA Secretary Capt. Eric Wallischeck.
Field and Arsenault were also the main stalwarts who helped MIT earn its No. 10 slot in the Sailing World College preseason rankings this fall.
The 2007 ICSA All-Academic Team recognizes 10 First Team and 10 Second Team student-athletes who maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a scale of 4.00, were a key starter or reserve member on their school's sailing team, and who had reached junior standing at his or her institution of learning in order to be considered for this distinction.
ICSA is the governing authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities throughout the United States and some parts of Canada and is comprised of seven North American Conferences within established geographic regions: Middle Atlantic (MAISA), Midwest (MCSA), New England (NEISA), Northwest (NWICSA), Pacific Coast (PCIYRA), South Atlantic (SAISA), and Southeastern (SEISA). Each conference schedules and runs local and intersectional events, including Conference Championships that ultimately qualify teams for the ICSA National Championships.