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A Win-Win Situation: Scholar Athletes at Gettysburg
As a sophomore, Katie Ceglarski led the Gettysburg women's lacrosse team to a number one national ranking for the first time in the program's history - and was also the first underclassman named Player of the Year in the Centennial Conference. One might think that kind of commitment would take a toll on her studies. But here at Gettysburg, being an exceptional athlete doesn't come at the expense of academic achievement.
"Lacrosse gives structure to my day and helps me manage my time that much better," says Katie, now a junior. "If anything, my grades go up." Her coach, Carol Cantele, also keeps tabs on Katie's coursework. "She wants me to do well on and off the field."
Gettysburg competes very successfully in the Centennial Conference, one of the top NCAA Division III conferences in the country. Indeed, Gettysburg has won more conference titles than any other member college, and the women's lacrosse team alone has had over two dozen players named to All-America teams.
"As coaches, we understand that our players are here first and foremost for a diploma," says Coach Cantele. "Gettysburg prides itself on its fine academic reputation. We extend that to our athletic programs, as well."