University of Delaware’s Lindsay Prettyman, Baralee Theinthong Selected as CAA Scholar-Athletes of the Year
RICHMOND, Va. -- Two University of Delaware female student-athletes earned prestigious honors from the Colonial Athletic Association on Thursday as track & field standout Lindsay Prettyman and golfer Baralee Theinthong were selected as the CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year for their respective sports.
A total of 11 student-athletes from seven different schools who excelled both athletically and academically were honored by the CAA as recipients of the Scholar-Athlete Award for the spring sports season.
The conference honors one Scholar-Athlete in each of its 21 championship sports. Nominees for the award must be a starter or important reserve on their team and must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25. The winners were selected by a vote of the media relations directors at each CAA institution.
Prettyman and Theinthong were the second and third UD student-athletes honored by the CAA this season Allegra Gray earned the CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Award honor in women’s soccer back in the fall.
Prettyman (Newark, Del./St. Mark’s High School) continued her run of post-season accolades with the CAA award. A May graduate with a degree in exercise science and a 3.88 grade point average, Prettyman earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 team for the second year in a row last Month and is now in the running for Academic All-American honors.
She received UD’s Mary Ann Hitchens Award, which is given to a senior female letterwinner for outstanding leadership, integrity and community service, and was Delaware’s nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Prettyman was named the Most Outstanding Track Performer at the CAA Track & Field Championship after leading the Blue Hens to their first conference title. She set a meet record in winning the 1,500 meters and also took first in the 800 meters. Prettyman was selected as Delaware’s Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year for 2013-14.
“This is another great honor for Lindsay to be selected among the CAA Scholar-Athlete award winners,” said Delaware women’s cross country and track & field head coach Wendy McFarlane. “Once again, she has outnumbered her peers with excellence as both a student and as an athlete. She has made not only her parents, our staff, and her friends proud, she has become an ambassador for the Delaware cross country and track and field programs.”
A junior majoring in finance with a grade point average of 3.91, Theinthong (Bangkok, Thailand/Niva International School) was a member of the CAA All-Academic team in women’s golf and is a three-time CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award recipient.
She was a National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar in 2012 and has twice earned the UD Team Sportsmanship Award. On the course, Theinthong is a three-year letterwinner for the Blue Hens who compiled a 79.6 stroke average in five tournaments this season. She had a pair of Top 10 individual finishes this season at the Towson Invitational and in a dual match with Brown.
“I am very happy for Baralee,” said Delaware women’s golf head coach Patty Post. “I am extremely proud of the hard work and effort she has put in both on the golf course and in the classroom. She is a solid role model for our team and I know she will continue to excel at the University of Delaware.”
In addition to Prettyman and Theinthong, also earning Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors were William & Mary senior Kevin Nutter in baseball, Towson senior Joe Gunerman in men’s golf, Towson senior Thomas DeNapoli in men’s lacrosse, James Madison junior Alison Curwin in women’s lacrosse, Drexel junior Victoria King in rowing, College of Charleston senior Lizzy Vaughn in softball, UNCW senior Rafael Aita in men’s tennis, College of Charleston senior Kelly Kambourelis in women’s tennis, and UNCW senior Dylan Skinner in men’s track and field.