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Eight CCRI student-athletes earn NJCAA All-Academic Team honors for 2021–22 season

July 12, 2022

Eight Community College of Rhode Island student-athletes qualified for the 2021–22 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Academic Team, joining a list of more than 9,000 student-athletes across the country honored for their dedication in the classroom. 

Student-athletes are eligible to earn NJCAA academic honors by achieving an overall GPA of 3.60 or higher for the 2020-21 academic year. Three teams are selected based on the cumulative GPA: First Team (4.00 GPA), Second Team (3.80–3.99 GPA), and Third Team (3.60–3.79 GPA). The following CCRI student-athletes earned Second- and Third-Team honors:

  • Maggie Schwab; North Kingstown, RI; women’s basketball: All-Academic Second Team (3.93 GPA)
  • Kate Ferns; Warwick, RI; softball: All-Academic Second Team (3.91 GPA)
  • Matthew Gibeau; Warwick, RI; men’s soccer: All-Academic Second Team (3.89 GPA)
  • Maya-Jane Lima; North Kingstown, RI; women's basketball: All-Academic Second Team (3.85 GPA)
  • Talia Thibodeau; Cranston, RI; women’s basketball: All-Academic Second Team (3.81 GPA)
  • Samantha Marsella; Rehoboth, MA; softball: All-Academic Third Team (3.78 GPA)
  • Nicole Dioh; Woonsocket, RI; women’s outdoor track and field: All-Academic Third Team (3.77 GPA)
  • Carlos Xavier Molines Berrocal; Barrington, RI; baseball: All-Academic Third Team (3.68 GPA)

“We are very proud of the eight student-athletes for their academic success,” CCRI Director of Athletics Kevin Salisbury said. “These young men and women are leaders in the classroom and beyond. We look forward to their continued success and leadership. Go Knights!”

A full list of all student-athlete award winners is available online.

Several CCRI NJCAA All-Academic Team members enjoyed banner success on and off the playing field in 2021–22. Dioh qualified for the 2022 NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships and finished 8th in the 5,000 meters while Schwab averaged 11.4 points per game, 9.9 rebounds, and finished third in the NJCAA with a 58.8 field-goal percentage, leading the Knights to their first NJCAA D-III Women's Basketball National Tournament appearance since 2013 and earning First Team All-Region XXI honors. Gibeau also earned First Team All-Region XXI honors in the fall as the men’s soccer team finished 10-5 overall and came within one win of a regional championship. Schwab, Thibodeau, Dioh, and Lima were also named Rhode Island Student-Athlete Legislative Award winners in 2022.

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