ASHLAND, Va. – Bridgewater College placed six student-athletes on the 2017-18 VaSID All-State College Division Academic Team released Monday. Selected to the team were Amber Celen (Track and Field), Christina Herbert (Women's Golf), Briana Moore (Women's Basketball), Blake Mann (Men's Lacrosse), Brett Jones (Baseball) and Ocean Armstrong (Men's Golf).
Celen, a sociology and communications major, finished her career as one of the top track and field athletes in the College's history. Celen was an 11-time All-American and won three NCAA individual national championships. She also holds eight ODAC individual records. Celen excelled in the classroom where she was a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American. She was also selected as the recipient of the Marjorie Berkley Award, the ODAC's highest scholar-athlete honor. Celen received numerous other academic citations. She was the USTFCCCA National Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2016-17 and this past spring she received the Elite 90 Award, which honors the student-athlete with the highest GPA competing at each finals' site of the NCAA's 90 championships. Celen was named ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year four times – twice in indoor track and twice in outdoor track.
Herbert, a psychology major, finished her stellar golf career as a three-time WGCA first-team All-America selection and a two-time first-team selection on the CoSIDA Academic All-America team. Herbert won the NCAA Division III individual title in 2017 and was named the National Player of the Year. She was named to the All-East Region Team in each of her four seasons. Herbert won three ODAC individual titles and this past season was named the ODAC Women's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Moore, a computer science major, finished her junior season with the women's basketball team as a second-team All-ODAC pick. She was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America first team. Moore led the Eagles and ranked fourth in the ODAC in scoring with a 16.4 average. She also added 6.2 rebounds per game from her guard spot. Moore scored in double figures in 23 of the Eagles' 26 games.
Mann, an exercise science major, was the recipient of the College's Geisert Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award and was named to the CoSIDA All-District At-Large First Team. Mann earned second-team All-ODAC honors on the field and was also the ODAC Men's Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He ranked third in the ODAC in goals (50) and seventh in points (61. He graduated as Bridgewater's all-time leader in goals (161) and points (189).
Brett Jones, a business administration major, turned in a solid season on the baseball field for the Eagles. A team captain, the first baseman/outfielder batted .267 and led Bridgewater in both home runs (seven) and RBIs (35). He was one of 200 student-athletes around the country selected to attend the NCAA Career in Sports Forum. Jones also serves as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) on campus.
Armstrong, a physics major, was second on the men's golf team this past season with a 77.6 scoring average. As a senior, Armstrong earned his second straight selection to the Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar Team. He was a 2017 All-ODAC second-team pick.