WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Freshman Amanda Mitchell (Rocky Hill) is representing the Eastern Connecticut State University women's swim team on the 2017/18 NEISDA (New England Women's Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association) All-Sportsmanship Team.
Each of the 21 members of NEISDA were represented with one selection who was nominated by the program's head coach.
Under 22-year head coach Maureen Fahey, Eastern's team members have been regularly acknowledged for their sportsmanship and academic successes at the institutional, conference, regional and national levels. In 2016-17, the program was honored with the NEISDA team Sportsmanship Award for their conduct at the NEISDA Championship Meet.
One of five freshmen on the 2017-18 squad which placed fifth at the NEISDA Championship, Mitchell contributed primarily in the butterfly and freestyle events during the season, qualifying for the NEISDA Championships in the 50 butterfly.
Lauded by her teammates for her hard work, dedication and commitment to improvement, Mitchell is described as an ardent supporter of her teammates.
Mitchell swam her 50 yard butterfly event in one of the opening sessions of the four-day NEISDA Championship in mid-February at the University of Rhode Island, but returned for both the morning and evening sessions on each succeeding day to encourage both her teammates and participants from other competing institutions.
"Amanda spent the entire weekend cheering not just for our swimmers and motivating us, but cheering for other athletes during the meet as well," said junior teammate Mollee Lasto of Orange, the team's two-time team MVP and one of the program's most accomplished swimmers. "Her upbeat, bubbly attitude is contagious and I'm so proud of all she has accomplished this season. She is," added Lasto, "most deserving of this award."
A high-honors student who has not yet decided upon a major, Mitchell was earlier announced as one of four Eastern qualifiers to the NEISDA All-Academic Team this past fall, which required a minimum fall semester grade-point average of 3.50.