May 25, 2012

Merrill and Edgett Named All-Americans by Strength & Conditioning Association

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College seniors Jordan Edgett (Lynn, Mass.) and Shelagh Merrill (Lowell, Mass.) have been named All-American Athletes by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

In its 33rd year, the NSCA All-American Program recognizes and honors student-athletes' dedication to strength training and conditioning.

A captain and infielder for the Bowdoin baseball team, Edgett finished his career with a .294 batting average, 72 runs scored, 38 extra-base hits and 57 runs bated in. He helped lead the Polar Bears to a runner-up finish in the NESCAC Tournament and the team's second NCAA Tournament appearance and first tournament victory this spring.

"Jordan is driven to a greater degree than most regarding the connection between a commitment to our strength and conditioning program and enhanced performance on the baseball field," according to Bowdoin Strength and Conditioning Coach Jim St. Pierre. "As a tri-captain, Jordan is an outstanding role model for his teammates."

Merrill was a senior captain on the women's ice hockey team and closed out her career with 28 goals and 32 assists in 100 career contests. She helped pace the Polar Bears to a 12-10-4 mark and NESCAC Semifinal appearance last winter.

"Shelagh missed just one game in her career; a true testament to her preparation," says St. Pierre. "She approached the off-season with exceptional consistency. She hit the two gold standards in our strength program, demonstrating an ability to bench press her bodyweight and squat 1.5 times her bodyweight. She has been a wonderful example for her teammates."

Alan Kinniburgh, NSCA's Executive Director adds, "The advantages of strength and conditioning cannot be denied in collegiate athletics. Thesestudent-athletes attest to this understanding and are to be applauded for their hard work and dedication."