Yaneve Fonge Earns Academic All-America Honors

Rochester Athletics – It was a record-breaking season for University of Rochester weight thrower Yaneve Fonge. It’s been a highly successful academic year as well, and her latest honor verifies that.

Fonge has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country Second Team in the College Division. Selections are made by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America. She is a native of Cheshire, CT and an alumnus of Choate Rosemary Hall School.

She is the third Rochester student to earn Academic All-America honors this year. Mike Labanowski of the men’s basketball team was honored in the winter. Frank Ferraro of the men’s swimming and diving team was named to the Men’s At-Large team in the spring.

Since 1976, a total of 79 Rochester student-athletes have received Academic All-America honors from CoSIDA. The University was tied for 10th place among Division III institutions with 76 Academic All-Americans entering the 2010-11 year. Fonge is the third women’s track and field/cross country athlete to be honored since CoSIDA created a separate team in 2003.

Fonge was the NCAA Division III national runnerup in the 20-lb. weight throw at the indoor NCAA championships in March. Her throw was the fourth longest in Division III history. She competed at the 2011 outdoor championships as well, finishing 16th in the hammer throw. Over the course of her career, she was a seven-time NCAA qualifier in the weight throw, the hammer throw, and the shot put.

She was the 2011 New York State Collegiate Track Conference indoor champion in both the shot put and the weight throw. She was selected as the New York State Field Event Performer of the year. She was the ECAC indoor champion in the weight throw and the ECAC outdoor champion in the hammer throw. She holds two school records.

Away from the field of competition, Fonge was named to the Dean’s List in every semester. She was a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship and selected as a three-time Scholar All-American by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. She was a member of Golden Key. As a sophomore, she earned the Iota Book Award from the University’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the internationally renowned honor society. Fonge served as a teaching assistant in mathematics and chemistry. She was presented with the University’s Presidential Award for Community Service in 2011. Fonge was graduated from the University on May 15 with dual degrees in Microbiology and Immunology. She minored in Clinical Psychology.