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Emily Rossier '00

You Go, Girls!

Rensselaer's women's athletics program has already earned a reputation of success both on and off the field. And that reputation just seems to keep improving.
  On the playing surface last season, Rensselaer's women's teams won more than 60 percent of the games they played (78-51-5). Among the teams posting tremendous seasons were the soccer team, which advanced all the way to the finals of the New York State Women's Collegiate Athletic Association (NYSWCAA) Tournament; the basketball team, which won 20 games and qualified for the NYSWCAA Tournament for the third straight season; the ice hockey team, which qualified for the post-season for the first time as a varsity sport and advanced to the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Semi-Finals; and the softball team, which also qualified for the NYSWCAA Tournament.
  In addition to the "win/loss" sports, the women's cross-country team finished second in the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association (UCAA) meet; women's tennis qualified for the NYSWCAA Tournament and had its best showing in five years; and the outdoor track and field team finished third in the UCAA meet. Individually, Julie Geer '00 broke several school records before earning National All-America status in the backstroke.
  In the classroom, 32 women were named to the UCAA's All-Academic First Team! Seven others earned Second Team recognition and three more were All-Academic Honorable Mentions. Among those earning First Team honors were six women who have earned a 4.0 grade point average through at least their sophomore years. Another three student-athletes had at least a 3.9 GPA while three others were at 3.8 or better. Two women, softball player Michelle Maccagnano '99 (3.81 in management law) and junior basketball player Emily Rossier '00 (4.0 in biochemistry/biophysics), were each named to the National GTE All-Academic Team for the respective sports.

For schedules and more complete information about athletics at Rensselaer, visit the Web site at www.rpi.edu/ dept/athletics/.

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