Johnson Headlines Three Named ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District

Kelly Johnson
Kelly Johnson

Worcester, MA --- WPI field hockey student-athletes Kelly Johnson (Buxton, ME) and Nicole Maglione (Charlton, MA) and women's diver Morgan Guardino (Manchester, CT) have been selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I At-large team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (Co-SIDA). Johnson earned first team accolades while Maglione and Guardino picked up second team honors.

Jonhson, who now advances to the national ballot, is one of ten at-large athletes who were selected to the first team in the College Division, which is comprised of NCAA Division II and III and NAIA programs in New England, New York and Eastern Canada.  At-large athletes include those from bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis and water polo.

Johnson boosts a perfect 4.00 GPA while majoring in mechanical engineering and pursuing. a minor in entrepreneurship.  She made a successful return to the field hockey field this past fall after missing nearly all of the 2007 season with an injury.  Johnson, who was second on the team with four assists, started all 19 games at center midfield and helped the Engineers reach the NEWMAC Tournament semifinals for the first time since 1999.  She also excelled in the spring, starting for the WPI softball team, who qualified for the NEWMAC Tournament after a two-year absence.

Johnson earned the 2009 Poly Club award, presented to the top female athlete in the junior class who has outstanding academic records along with campus involvement of a non-athletic nature.   She served as president of SocCom and was a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a community service fraternity.  Johnson completed her IQP project in Thailand in C term of 2009 and studied "Religion's Impact on the American Revolution" for her sufficiency. 

Maglione picked up third team honors in the same month she was named to the first team for softball.  During the field hockey season, the senior paced the Engineers with 11 goals and 25 points.  Maglione earned All-NEWMAC twice during her career, including second team honors in 2008.  The recent graduate was a three-time Academic All-NEWMAC selection.   

Maglione earned a 3.85 GPA while majoring in civil engineering.  During each of the last three years at WPI, she has been honored with a major award at the department's annual banquet.  The awards include the Carolyn McCabe Award presented to the sophomore who best exemplifies the high standards expressed in "The WPI Athlete", the Poly Club Award, presented to the top junior female athlete who has outstanding academic records along with campus involvement of a non-athletic nature, and the Varsity Club Award, presented to the senior athlete on her achievements, contributions, character, leadership, sportsmanship and promotion of school spirit during her four years at WPI. 

Guardino, sports an impressive 3.91 overall GPA while majoring in mechanical engineering.  She is the school record holder in all diving events including the 1-meter 6 dives, 1-meter 11 dives, 3-meter 6 dives and 3-meter 11 dives.  At the NEWMAC championships this past winner, the junior placed seventh in the 1-meter and 9th in the 3-meter as she helped the program to a best-ever finish at the event.  Guardino proved her versatility by racing on several relay teams.  

Guardino, who is pursuing a minor in management, has been honored twice by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) for academic accomplishments.  For her IQP project she helped determine best water pumping system and bathroom facility for a rural Moroccan school.