WORCESTER -- Seniors Lindsay Gurska (Revere, MA) and Hope Shevchuk (Burlington, CT) have the distinction of being named Academic All-America first team members, as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). It is the first time in school history there have been two first teamers from the same team.
The duo became the 13th and 14th multi-time Academic All-Americans in school history. Gurska joins Mike Pockoski and Celena Dopart as the only multi-time first teamers while Shevchuk, who is on the at-large national ballot for field hockey, has a chance to accomplish the rare feat of earning two first team nods in the same year and having it announced two weeks apart.
Gurska, a biology major, batted .319 with 36 hits (10 for extra bases), 11 walks, 22 RBI, 17 runs scored and five stolen bases in 41 games. Behind the plate, she was successful on 213 of 214 total chances, including nine runners caught stealing, for a .995 fielding percentage. Last season, Gurska was named NEWMAC Player of the Year, an All-NEW England catcher and the Bonnie-Blanche Schoonover Award, which is given to one or more outstanding junior women students preparing for a career in engineering and science who have played a significant role at WPI.
Shevchuk, an at-large Academic All-America a year ago for field hockey, is a six-time NEWMAC All-Academic honoree. The chemical engineering major, and Salisbury Prize recipient, helped develop an autism diagnostic app at the New Zealand project center for her IQP. She is also a peer tutor, Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society president and a member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority. On the field, Shevchuk batted .337 with five doubles. 23 singles, 14 RBI, 21 runs scored in 38 games played. Defensively, she was .951 in 123 chances and was a part of five double plays.
CoSIDA Release (PDF)