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      Three Student Athletes Make Academic All-MAC Teams

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      Samantha DeCapua

      DeCapua holds the record in the heptathlon and the pentathlon for Widener.

      Widener University had three student athletes make the Academic All-Middle Atlantic Conference Team from spring varsity programs. This year Bob Barnett and Elliot Synder from the Men's Baseball team and Samantha DeCapua of Track & Field were recognized by the Middle Atlantic Conferences (MAC), as part of 107 student-athletes from 10 spring sports, including baseball, men's golf, women's golf, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, softball, men's outdoor track, women's outdoor track, men's tennis and women's tennis.

      "These recipients represent the true meaning of a student-athlete," Ken Andrews, executive director of MAC, said. "This is one of the top conference awards we give out each season. It honors our student-athletes who excel both in the classroom and on the playing field."

      DeCapua holds the school records in the heptathlon with 3,332 points and pentathlon with 2,626 points. She has been a four-time All-Middle Atlantic Conference honoree, which includes making the first team in the heptathlon, as well as a Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area selection twice in her career.

      For the baseball team, Barnett, a four-year starter, finished the 2017 season with a .290 batting average, 40 hits, 23 runs batted in and 24 runs scored. The senior outfielder also stole 13 bases on 14 attempts. Snyder, Widener's stand-out pitcher, notched a 2.33 earned run average to go along with a 6-1 record and three saves. He also held opponents to a .257 batting average.

      The 17 MAC sports information directors nominate and vote for the Academic All-MAC Teams, giving 50 percent weight on both academic success and athletic success.


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