CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Graduate student Rita Ciambra (Hanover, N.H.), of the University of New Hampshire women's track & field team, was named an America East Scholar-Athlete for the winter 2010-11 season, announced by the conference Thursday afternoon.
Ciambra was one of six student-athletes recognized by the conference for their performances both in their respective sports as well as in the classroom. The Scholar-Athletes were members of teams in the six championship sports sponsored by America East in the winter season including men's and women's basketball, men's and women's indoor track and field, and men's and women's swimming and diving.
Ciambra is a three-time indoor conference champion in the pole vault and capped off her indoor career with a title this past season, qualifying for the ECAC Championship by clearing 12-feet, 3.50 inches. Earlier this winter, she captured the event at the Boston Indoor Games with a height of 12-feet, 11.75 inches. Additionally, Ciambra holds the America East Championship record in the pole vault, set in 2009 when she cleared a height of 12-feet, 5.5 inches.
She was just as impressive in the classroom, posting a 4.00 GPA in her graduate work. Ciambra, a two-time member of the America East All-Academic Team, is pursuing a master's degree this year in secondary education after graduating Summa Cum Laude from New Hampshire with an undergraduate degree in biology.
A committee of athletic administrators and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives chose an honoree in each of the six winter championship sports. Each America East Scholar-Athlete was a starter or prominent reserve and carries a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.20.