News Item - Sports - Intercollegiate Athletics at Penn State Altoona
Cummings, Wareham Named to AMCC All-Academic Team
6/5/2014 — PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A pair of Penn State Altoona student-athletes were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments beyond the realm of athletics when the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference released its 2013-2014 All-Academic Team.
Senior Kristen Cummings (Pittsburgh, PA/Brentwood) of the women's cross country team and junior Jay Wareham (Leesburg, VA/Loudoun County) of the men's swimming squad represent Penn State Altoona on the All-Academic Team. Cummings and Wareham were named Penn State Altoona's Female and Male Scholar-Athletes of the Year at the conclusion of the spring semester, and both student-athletes were then nominated to the AMCC All-Academic Team.
Cummings was a four-year member of Penn State Altoona women’s cross country. She finished her career as a scoring member of her team’s top five in every race she ran at Penn State Altoona. She made AMCC All-Conference Teams in 2011 and 2013, and she was twice elected to the All-Sportsmanship Team by her teammates.
Cummings held a 3.87 cumulative grade point average, and she finished each of her last three semesters with a 4.0. She is a member of seven different honors societies and programs, as well as being a member of the Human Development and Family Studies Association. Cummings has also been involved in the community, both on campus and beyond. She was a member of Penn State Altoona's Student-Athlete Advisory Council and participated in numerous Special Olympics events, among other service activities. She was also leader in DORA, the Depression Outreach Alliance, which is a peer-based mental health and wellness and suicide prevention program. By the end of her senior year, she concluded an internship with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.
Wareham completed his third season with the men’s swimming team this past spring. In the pool, he’s been an important part of the Lions' success. Wareham was awarded as the team MVP his freshman year, set personal best times in his sophomore year during the AMCC Championships, and qualified for AMCC Championship finals in two of his individual events as a junior. He was also a member of the conference champion 800 Yard Freestyle Relay squad this season and was picked First Team All-Conference in that event.
During his swimming career, Wareham was voted his team’s representative on the AMCC All-Sportsmanship Team twice. He has been a team captain since his freshman year, and he has displayed that leadership by organizing team study groups and tutoring on an individual basis. He was the driving force behind the success of this past year’s Special Olympics swimming volunteer work. Academically, Wareham has achieved at least a 3.8 GPA or higher in his five semesters. Currently, he holds a 3.92 GPA.
The AMCC All-Academic Team consists of one female and one male student-athlete from each of the conference's member institutions. These student-athletes are nominated by the campus' Faculty Athletics Representative.