Sarah Bonson Named Northeast Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Sarah Bonson Named Northeast Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year

NEC Release

Somerset, N.J. (June 21, 2017) – Mount St. Mary's University women's swimming and diving graduate Sarah Bonson has been named one of five Northeast Conference Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year, as announced by the league office on Wednesday.

"The Mount provided me with an environment in which I was able to seek truth in and out of the classroom as I grew in knowledge, faith, and leadership," said Bonson. "Paired with the incredibly supportive community at the Mount, this environment enabled me to reach for my goals. The commitment of my coaches, teammates, and the athletics staff, as well as the dedication of my professors inspired me to strive for excellence in all of my endeavors."

In its 11th year, the NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, which is sponsored by the league's Faculty Athletic Representatives, goes to the male and female student-athletes who have exhausted their athletic eligibility, graduated and compiled the highest grade-point average in the conference at the conclusion of the academic calendar.

Bonson, along with Nicole Dean (CCSU), Lea Lieb (Sacred Heart), Taylor Allison (Saint Francis U) and Avika Sagwal (Wagner), each posted perfect 4.0 GPAs to earn NEC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, while Joseph Paparelli (Bryant) was named the Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year with a 3.99 GPA.

"Sarah is everything you could ask for in a student-athlete, and someone who has truly helped shape our program. She is smart, tough and resilient, and is committed to success in each of her endeavors," said Head Coach Neil Yost. "She displayed her expertise in the classroom as a dual major, while also taking the lead in organizing student volunteering opportunities. Sarah was a committed leader as a team captain and scored points for the team every year at conference championships. Sarah is the type of student-athlete you want to build your program around, and we are extremely grateful to have had her outstanding leadership and character here at Mount St. Mary's."

Bonson graduated last month with dual degrees in biochemistry and chemistry and a perfect 4.0 GPA. She was also one of the Mount's top swimmers throughout her four years with the program, owning top-10 times in program history in six different events.

Bonson's selection marks the second straight year a Mount St. Mary's swimmer has earned the award, joining former teammate Haley Fournier.