Despite losing the spring portion of its season, the Army West Point Women's Rugby team continued to excel in the classroom while navigating distance learning for the first time.
The Black Knights were recognized by NCAA women's rugby with three cadet-athletes receiving HSBC All-Academic Team honors, selected by the National Intercollegiate Rugby Association (NIRA). Kaylee Cargile, Sam Sullivan and Nicole Wantlin were listed among some of rugby's best and brightest for the 2019-20 academic school year.
NIRA recently adopted CoSIDA's Academic All-American criteria for the award which states that to be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution and nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at the position listed.
All three athletes capped off a successful fall 15's campaign, helping move the Black Knights to a 7-2 record and an appearance in the NIRA 15's Championship where they experienced a tough 18-7 loss to Harvard.
Both Cargile and Wantlin recorded two tries and 20 combined points for the Black Knights as underclassmen in a dominating 77-0 win over Notre Dame on September 28. In her firstie season, Sullivan led the way for the Cadets and ranked as one of the top-three offensive players on the team en route to being named the 2019 College Rugby Championships Tournament MVP and being selected as a top-20 finalist for the MA Sorensen Award, presented to the best 15s player in the country.