Jun 15, 2005
WALTHAM, Mass. Ė Bentley College menís tennis player Colin Whooten (Norton/Bishop Feehan HS) has been named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americaģ Menís At-Large Second Team (college division) by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Whooten, who had a perfect 4.00 GPA in each of his first three semesters at Bentley after transferring from Lehigh University, became the 40th Academic All-America in the collegeís history and the first since the only other tennis player to have been so honored, Ivan Eskildsen in 2003.
The Academic All-America men's at-large program includes athletes competing in the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, volleyball, water polo and wrestling, as well as tennis. Athletes from all Division II and III institutions are eligible for consideration.
Whooten, who was previously named to the Academic All-District Team and the All-Northeast-10 Conference third team (at number three singles), was 7-2 in conference singles matches, as well as 9-2 on NE-10 doubles matches, primarily playing at number three. Overall, he was 13-13 in singles and 13-11 in doubles competition during his senior year.
During his two years at Bentley, Whooten was 26-20 in singles and 25-16 in doubles, with his combined winning percentage a solid .596. The computer information systems major was a co-recipient of the teamís Coaches Award, was also presented with the teamís Scholar-Athlete Award and was a third-team All-Northeast-10 selection at second doubles in 2004.
Whooten was joined on the Academic All-America second team by another Northeast-10 tennis player, James Newman of Assumption. The Academic All America Teams program honors 816 male and female student-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA, a 2,000 member organization consisting of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports. ESPN The Magazine -- winner of the 2003 National Magazine Award for General Excellence -- is a provocative and innovative sports publication. Full of insight, analysis, impact and wit, the oversized bi-weekly with a circulation of 1.85 million looks ahead to give fans a unique perspective on the world of sports.