DURHAM, N.C. -- Three-time NCAA Champion Becca Ward became
the Duke fencing program's first Academic All-America first team selection on Thursday
when she appeared on the Capital One Academic All-America Women's At-Large
Ward won the 2009, 2011 and 2012 NCAA Women's Saber
Championships and also took second place in the 2010 NCAA final. A four-time
All-America selection, she is the first Duke women's fencer to earn Academic
All-America honors and the first Duke fencer to receive first team recognition.
She graduated with a 3.52 grade point average as a public policy major.
A bronze medalist at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing,
China, Ward leaves Duke University as one of the most decorated
student-athletes in school history. The Academic All-America first team
selection is the latest in a number of accolades for the Portland, Ore.,
native, adding to a list that includes NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient,
ACC Postgraduate Scholarship recipient, two CoSIDA Academic All-District III
citations and the honor of Duke Female Student-Athlete of the Year.
Ward finished her four-year Duke career with a 272-7
(.975) record, setting the program record for career wins and wins in a season.
During her four years in Durham, she took the Duke fencing program to new heights,
leading the Blue Devils to a 10th-place NCAA finish in 2010, ninth place in
2011 and ninth place again in 2012 for the program's first top-10 finishes.
Additionally, the Duke women's fencing team set school wins records during her
final three years and cracked the USFCA Coaches Poll Top-10 this season.
Along with Ward, Duke men's lacrosse player CJ Costabile
and women's swimmer Jessica Lyden also earned Academic All-America At-Large
nods. Lyden also appeared on the women's first team while Costabile earned a
spot on the men's third team.
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