UMass Dartmouth junior women’s swimming standout Sarah Murphy has been named to the 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-District At-Large Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, as she is now eligible to be selected to the national Academic All-America squad that will be announced in early June.
A native of Braintree, Mass. and a graduate of Braintree High School, Murphy holds a 3.99 cumulative grade point average and graduated from the University in just six semesters as a double major in History & Education. Sarah joins 12 other student-athletes from institutions in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont that comprise CoSIDA’s District 1, as the Academic All-America At-Large program consists of 16 NCAA championship sports that encompass all three seasons of play.
A two-time Little East and all-New England performer in the pool, Murphy captured the 2018-19 conference 1,000 yard free style crown and helped lead Head Coach Cathy Motta’s Corsairs to a runner-up finish at this year’s league championships. Sarah earned all-New England accolades in both the 200 and 400 individual medley and holds school records in six different events, and the three-time Little East & New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association All-Academic honoree’s lowest grade was an A- she achieved during her freshman year. Murphy was named to UMass Dartmouth’s Chancellor’s List during all six semesters of her matriculation and was also recently honored as the school’s 2018-19 Female Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.
“Sarah’s excellence in competition was only topped by her incredible achievements in the classroom, and I couldn’t be happier for her to achieve this great honor,” Motta said of Murphy. “To graduate in just six semesters is an amazing accomplishment in itself, and to be recognized as one of the top scholar-athletes in the region is a testament to her hard work and dedication.”
Murphy becomes UMass Dartmouth’s third Google Cloud Academic All-District honoree during the current academic year, joining women’s soccer all-conference performer Kayla Loycano and football all-MASCAC standout Jacob Burkhead in that category. Burkhead became the Corsairs’ first male Academic All-American and just the second ever in school history when he was named to the Division III second team squad in December, as he sports a perfect 4.00 grade point average as a Political Science major. Murphy is looking to join Burkhead and former women’s cross country and track & field standout Deanna Bealby ’08 in UMass Dartmouth’s Academic All-America club.