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Thursday, April 19, 2001


ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- Elizabethtown College senior Mandi Ewing (McCluer, PA/West Snyder) has been named a Verizon First Team Academic All-American, making her the first field hockey player from Elizabethtown College ever to attain Academic All-America status.

Ewing is one of only 15 female student-athletes in the entire nation to be named First Team Academic All-Americans in the Fall/Winter At Large College Division category, which covers student-athletes in eight sports, including cross country, fencing, field hockey, gymnastics, rifle, skiing, soccer and swimming at all non-NCAA Division I institutions in the country.

She was named a regional Academic All-American twice in her collegiate career, once in the spring of 2000 and in the spring of 2001. To be nominated for the Verizon Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.2 or higher cumulative grade-point average and be a starter or a significant reserve. The district teams are voted upon by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Ewing finished the 2000 field hockey season tied for the team lead in goals with 13. She led the Blue Jays in points with 40, and led both Etown and the Commonwealth Conference in assists with 14. She set a program record with five assists in a single game against Dickinson October 7, and her 14 assists in 2000 was the third-highest total in the 49 year history of the program.

Ewing finished her career with 28 assists, the second-highest total in program history. Her 45 goals scored were the ninth most ever scored by an Etown player, and her career point total of 118 was sixth-best in the history of the program.

During the past year, she represented Elizabethtown College in the NFHCA North/South Senior All-Star Game, was named a Commonwealth Conference all-star, and was a member of the NFHCA all-academic team. She was also named to the Middle Atlantic Conferences' All-Academic Team, and she was the MAC Co-Female Scholar-Athlete for the fall 2000 season.