CLEVELAND -- Adding to an incredible season, the Mid-American Conference has released its Academic All-MAC list featuring a record-setting six student-athletes from the Western Michigan women's soccer team.
Kelsey Baskins, Anina Cicerone, Caitlin Henderson, Nikolette Rivera, Stephanie Skowneski and Michelle Watson have all been honored by the MAC. The previous high for the Broncos four student-athletes, set in 1997, 2004 and 2005. For Baskins, Cicerone, Henderson and Watson it is the first time in their careers being named Academic All-MAC. It is the second straight year for Skowneski and third for Rivera, who ties Michelle Palazzolo, Katie Ruzinsky and Katie Markey as the only Broncos to be named Academic All-MAC all three years they were eligible. Under head coach Suzie Grech the Broncos have earned 10 Academic All-MAC honors in four seasons.
To be eligible a student-athlete must have maintained a 3.20 cumulative GPA and has participated in at least 50-percent of the games. Voting is done by the Faculty Academic Representative by each school in the MAC.
Baskins holds the team's highest GPA at 3.97 while majoring in accounting. She was named Second Team All-MAC as well as Capitol One Third Team Academic All-District IV. Both honors were the first of her career. As a center back she helped the Broncos to a program-record tying 14 wins and a record 12 shutouts.
Cicerone has the second-highest GPA at 3.96 while majoring in biomedical sciences. Cicerone was named First Team All-MAC for the first time in her career and finished second on the team with 21 points on a career high nine goals and three assists. She was also became the program's first ever Capitol One Academic All-American.
Rivera holds a 3.69 GPA while majoring in electronic business design. As the midfield general for the Broncos she had two goals and four assists for a career-high eight points and was named Second Team All-MAC for the third time in her career.
Watson helped the Broncos to a school record 12 shutouts, which included a run of seven straight. The sophomore goalkeeper went 14-7-0 on the season and was named to the MAC All-Tournament team after totaling 92 saves on the season. She holds a 3.65 GPA in interdisciplinary health services.
Henderson was the corner kick specialist for the Broncos and tallied seven assists on the season. She switched from outside back to center back to help bolster WMU's defense. The Dexter, Mich., native started in all 22 games her senior season and set the WMU record for games played with 82. She holds a 3.33 GPA in nursing.
Skoweski was named First Team All-MAC for the second straight season and finished second in the MAC with 25 points on eight goals and nine assist, just two points shy of tying the school record. She broke the WMU record for goals in a career with 25. She holds a 3.29 GPA in early childhood education.
Western Michigan had the third most student-athletes on the Academic All-MAC team behind Toledo and Central Michigan, who each had eight.