CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Nine Washington College's varsity student-athletes will be initiated into the Phi Beta Kappa Society - the nation's oldest and most widely-known Academic Honor Society - tomorrow night.
The nine WC varsity student-athletes to be initiated are: soccer player Courtney Colbert (Egg Harbor Township, N.J./Egg Harbor Township), basketball player Kristi Kozlowski (Kingsville, Md./Redeemer Classical Christian School), basketball player Alexis Krahling (Germantown, Md./St. John's College H.S. [D.C.]), rower Kelin McCloskey (Kennett Square, Pa./Unionville), soccer player Pat O'Neal (Birmingham, Ala./Altamont School), swimmer Julia Portmann (Palatine, Ill./William Fremd), baseball player Nick Roberti (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield), soccer player Arianna Sabatino (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollows Hills West), and soccer player and swimmer Josh Samuels (Allentown, N.J./Allentown).
Colbert completed her four-year soccer career this past fall and graduated a semester early with degrees in Math and Computer Science. She holds her team's career record for goals-against average, was named its Most Improved Player in 2016, and was a three-time Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll qualifier.
Kozlowski transferred to Washington College as a sophomore and completed her third and final year on the Shorewomen basketball team earlier this month. She was named her team's Most Improved Player in 2017 and is expected to be named to her third consecutive Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll. She finished her Shorewomen basketball career among the team's all-time leaders in blocked shots. She is majoring in Business Management.
Krahling finished her four-year basketball career earlier this month. She is expected to be named to her third consecutive Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll and finished her career as one of the Shorewomen's all-time leaders in made three-pointers. She is double-majoring in Business Management and Economics.
McCloskey enters her final spring of collegiate rowing having already won three Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Championships and having already competed in three NCAA Division III Championships. She is a two-time CRCA National Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-MARC qualifier. She was also named to the 2016 All-MARC Novice Team. She is double-majoring in Sociology and Psychology.
O'Neal finished his four-year soccer career for the Shoremen this past fall by appearing in a career-high number of games and making his first two collegiate starts. He is a three-time Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll qualifier. He is double-majoring in History and Psychology.
Portmann finished her four-year swimming career this past weekend at the Centennial Conference Championships. She was named the 2018 Centennial Conference Co-Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year for all sports and the 2018 Centennial Conference Women's Swimming Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She qualified for All-Centennial Conference honors five times and is expected to be named to her third consecutive Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll. Her team's Most Valuable Swimmer in 2016, she is a part of the school-record 800 freestyle relay team. She is double-majoring in Biology and Environmental Science.
Roberti is playing his fourth and final season of collegiate baseball this spring. He threw a no-hitter last season and finished second on the team in ERA. He is a two-time Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll qualifier. He is majoring in Political Science.
Sabatino completed her four-year soccer career last fall. She shares the school record for career goals and is second all-time at the school in career points. She was named the 2018 Centennial Conference Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year and became the first player in her team's history to earn All-Region and Scholar All-Region honors and the first to earn All-Centennial Conference honors three times. She was also named her team's Most Valuable Player in 2016 and was a three-time Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll qualifier. She is majoring in Biology.
Samuels completed his four-year soccer career in the fall and his four-year swimming career this winter. He was a two-time All-Centennial Conference selection in soccer and qualified for the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll three times in that sport. He is also expected to be named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll for swimming for the third year in a row. He is double-majoring in Psychology and Biology.
This year's nine new initiated student-athletes will bring the total number of Washington College varsity student-athletes initiated into Phi Beta Kappa to 71 since the first initiation class in 2007.
About 10% of the nation's colleges and universities have chapters of Phi Beta Kappa. At those schools, roughly 10% of seniors are initiated, meaning only roughly 1% of the nation's collegiate seniors are initiated each year.