Three Deacon Student-Athletes Earn ACC Postgraduate Scholarships

Feb. 25, 2006

Greensboro, N.C. - Wake Forest student-athletes Anne Bersagel, Sarah Kozey and Ariel Meyers have been named recipients of postgraduate scholarships, as announced by ACC Commissioner John D. Swofford. The Weaver-James-Corrigan scholarship is given to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate-level degree following graduation.

Each recipient will receive $5,000 to use towards his or her graduate education. Student-athletes receiving the award have performed with distinction in both the classroom and in their respective sports, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.

Bersagel is one of the most decorated runners in Wake Forest history. She was a three-time All-ACC and All-American in cross country. Bersagel is also a three-time All-ACC and All-American in outdoor track and a two-time All-ACC and All-American indoor track selection. She earned first team Academic All-American status in 2005 and owns four school records in track and field. Bersagel finished sixth at the NCAA Championship in the 10k and placed 13th at the USATF Championship in the same event.

Kozey helped lead the Wake Forest women's soccer team to four NCAA Tournament appearances. She finished as the school's all-time leader in points (86) and goals scored (35). Kozey was a two-time All-ACC selection as well as All-ACC Freshman team honoree. She tied the single season record for goals in 2004 with 12 en route to Soccer Buzz All-Southeast Region honors. Kozey earned Academic All-ACC honors as a senior.

Meyers was a key part of Wake Forest's three straight NCAA Championships in field hockey. She started 68 career games for the Demon Deacons and reached four Final Fours. She was named All-ACC and NFHCA first team in 2005. Meyers was a two-time ACC All-Tournament team member. In 2004, she was an NCAA All-Tournament Team and NFHCA All-South Region second team pick. Meyers was a four-time Dean's List student at Wake Forest and two-time ACC Honor Roll recipient.

The Weaver-James-Corrigan Award is named in honor of the late Jim Weaver and Bob James as well as Gene Corrigan, all former ACC commissioners. The league's first commissioner, James H. Weaver, served the conference from 1954 to 1970 after a stint as the Director of Athletics at Wake Forest University. His early leadership and uncompromising integrity are largely responsible for the excellent reputation enjoyed by the ACC today.

Robert C. James, a former University of Maryland football player, was named commissioner in 1971 and served for 16 years. During his tenure, the league continued to grow in stature and became recognized as a national leader in athletics and academics, winning 23 national championships and maintaining standards of excellence in the classroom.

Eugene F. Corrigan assumed his role as the third full-time commissioner on September 1, 1987, and served until August of 1997. During Corrigan's tenure, ACC schools captured 30 NCAA championships and two national football titles.

Other Recipients of the Weaver-James-Corrigan Awards include: Boston College - Kristen Madden (field hockey), Brooke Queenan (basketball); Clemson - Ashlee Brown (rowing), Nichole Carlton (swimming & diving), Bradley Gibson (soccer); Duke - Brendan Dewan (football), Nicole Dudek (field hockey); Florida State - Jose Castillo (football), Andrew Diakos (track & field), Lakendra McColumn (track & field); Georgia Tech - Steven Blackwood (baseball), Ashley Kracke (swimming), Shanta Smith (track & field); Maryland - Kimberly Francis (soccer), Brendan Healy (lacrosse), Mandy Pascual (gymnastics); Miami - Rachel Clausing (rowing), Kaitlin Kozak (volleyball), Melanie Schultz (cross country/indoor & outdoor track); North Carolina - Courtney Bumpers (gymnastics), Katy Tran (field hockey); NC State - Molly Culberson (swimming & diving), Stefani Eddins (volleyball), Adeola Kosoko (volleyball); Virginia - Katherine Gordon (swimming), Jane Leachman (lacrosse), Matthew Ward (lacrosse); Virginia Tech - Anat Elazari (tennis), Melissa Markowski (volleyball), Carrie Mason (basketball); Wake Forest - Anne Bersagel (cross country/track & field); Sarah Kozey (soccer), Ariel Meyers (field hockey).

The student-athletes will be honored April 13, 2006, in Greensboro, N.C., at a luncheon hosted by the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club. The luncheon will be held at the Koury Convention Center.

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