DURHAM, N.C. – Blue Devils Morgan Bitting and Lydia Smeltz have been honored as 2017 Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I Scholars of Distinction, as released Thursday by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.
The Division I Scholars of Distinction program recognizes those student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or higher through the first semester of the 2017-18 academic year. Bitting and Smeltz were among the 138 student-athletes representing 61 schools who were honored.
A junior majoring in sociology, Bitting started all 21 contests in the midfield during the Blue Devils’ 2017 campaign. She notched one goal and two assists while guiding Duke to its fifth consecutive NCAA quarterfinals appearance and a 17-4 record. Bitting is a two-time member of the NFHCA National Academic Squad while previously garnering NFHCA Scholar of Distinction recognition as a freshman in 2015. She is also a two-year member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
A freshman goalkeeper, Smeltz received the first academic accolade of her collegiate career after joining the Blue Devils this fall from Harrisburg, Pa.
Duke was also recognized this week with a 2017 Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Team Award. The NFHCA will announce its National Academic Squad next week.