For the third consecutive season, senior defender Sebastian Garcia-Herreros of the West Virginia University men’s soccer team has been named a Distinguished Scholar-Athlete by the Mid-American Conference, the league announced on Friday.
With the honor, the Southwest Ranches, Florida, native becomes the first Mountaineer to earn the recognition three times in a career. He also was named a MAC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete in 2017 and 2018. It also marks the fifth consecutive year at least one WVU student-athlete has been named a MAC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete.
co-captained WVU to a 10-9-2 record and MAC Tournament championship
this season. West Virginia also advanced to the second round of the NCAA
for the second consecutive year.
An All-MAC Second Team and All-Region Third Team selection, Garcia-Herreros made 17 starts for the Mountaineers this fall, finishing with two assists in 1,506 minutes played, fifth-most on the team, aiding the back line in producing six shutouts on the year. He concluded his collegiate career with 17 assists, tied for No. 6 all-time in program history.
In the classroom, Garcia-Herreros, a three-time Academic All-MAC selection, has maintained a 3.60 grade point average while majoring in civil engineering.
The Distinguished Scholar-Athlete is given by the MAC to students who have excelled in athletics and academics in each sport it sponsors. New for this season, the selection for the Distinguished Scholar-Athlete included all student-athletes that were recognized as All-MAC selections and Academic All-MAC selections from their respective sport, along with maintaining a 3.50 GPA and above.
Previously, a voting process among the MAC Faculty Athletic Representatives determined the selection of the Distinguished Scholar-Athletes. MAC membership voted for the change in recognizing the Distinguished Scholar-Athletes during the Conference spring meetings in June of 2019.