TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Topping the 2008 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Cross Country team was Florida State’s senior co-captain Lydia Willemse announced by Commissioner John D. Swofford. The Forest, Ontario native also earned the prestigious title of the 2008 ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year. Fellow Seminole Lesley Van Miert (Breda, Netherlands) also earned spot on the impressive list along with seven other ALL-ACC honorees, two of which are also All-Americans. With Willemse and Van Miert’s help, the Seminoles were able to capture the ACC Championship title for the second- consecutive year.
“Lesley and Lydia are leaders at practice and in competition,” women’s head coach Karen Harvey said. “It is no surprise to see them earn special recognition for their academic performances. We are proud of Lesley and Lydia’s commitment to school work and are excited to see what the future holds for them.”
Finishing ninth at the conference championship with her 6K time of 20:59.9, Willemse has been an inspirational leader on the field and in the classroom. The chemistry major also garns other honors as she has been a member of the ACC Honor Roll for the past three years. Willemse was also instrumental in leading Florida State to its third-place finish at the 2008 NCAA Cross Country Championship in Terre Haute, Ind.
A transfer from Northern Arizona, Van Miert as been an integral part of the Garnet and Gold since the moment she stepped foot in Tallahassee. Van Miert, a sociology major, found success at the conference meet as she was named All-ACC for her fourth place finish with a time of 20:32.0. Earning her second award for the season, Van Miert was named an All-American for her fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championship.