WORCESTER – WPI senior Caraline Wood (Averill Park, NY) has been selected as a Google Cloud Academic All-District honoree, as voted upon by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) members in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The infielder now moves on to the ballot for Academic All-America consideration.
Wood, the program's third NEWMAC Softball Athlete of the Year and a repeat All-NEWMAC first teamer, is batting .455 and ranks fifth in Division III with 56 RBI, seventh with 113 total bases and 13th with 12 home runs. The senior also leads the NEWMAC with 60 hits and four sacrifice flies, as well as a .856 slugging percentage, and is on a four-game hitting streak heading into the NCAA tournament. In 18 conference games, Wood led the way with a 1.056 slugging percentage, eight home runs, 29 RBI and 57 total bases.
The mechanical engineering major, and member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority, traveled to Cape Town to explore perspectives on affordable housing in South Africa, specifically, a case study in the community of Mountain View for her IQP. Wood's MQP involved designing an attachable arm bike for alternative wheelchair propulsion.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution, must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at the position listed on the nomination form (where applicable) and he/she has completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.
Softball opens NCAA tournament action versus Eastern Connecticut tomorrow at 2pm at Tufts.
CoSIDA Release (PDF)