Pair Named Academic All-America


By Shannon McNamara for WVUsports.com
June 07, 2011 04:14 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University National Rifle Association (NRA) All-Americans Nicco Campriani and Andy Lamson were named to the Capital One Academic All-America Men’s at-Large First and Second Teams today, respectively, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Campriani, a native of Florence, Italy, was one of 15 first-team selections and the third Mountaineer in program history to receive the honor. Lamson, a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, was named to the second team for the second straight season. Campriani and Lamson were both named to the all-district II at-large men’s first team.

“Two Mountaineer academic All-Americans is a fantastic achievement for the team,” says coach Jon Hammond. “It has been many years since we have had a first-team selection, and Andy is our first three-time honoree. They both should be very proud of their achievements.

“These awards really highlight the high standards our team has achieved in the classroom, and they are a great way for two seniors to finish their WVU careers. I am sure Nicco and Andy will both go on to have very successful careers in whatever path they choose.”

Campriani, an industrial engineering major with a 3.87 GPA, capped off his impressive two-year Mountaineer career with the NCAA air rifle title. He also helped guide the Mountaineers toward the discipline’s national title and finished second in smallbore en route to WVU’s overall second-place finish at the national championships. The 2011 WVU Red Brown Cup honoree, Campriani earned the Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) Senior, Shooter and Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards, repeated as the conference’s air rifle, smallbore and combined score individual champion and counted toward the squad’s second straight conference championship.

A four-time NRA first team All-American, Campriani shot a nation-best 600 air rifle twice this past season and paced the Mountaineers in both guns. He owns the WVU air rifle (600), smallbore (593) and combined score (1192) school records. A two-time College Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) all-Academic Team member, he also is the reigning ISSF air rifle world champion.

Lamson, a native of Colchester, Vt., earned a 3.91 GPA in accounting and will start the Professional Accountancy program in the fall. A six-time NRA All-American, he counted toward the Mountaineers’ air rifle national title and second-place overall showing at the 2011 NCAA Championships. Lamson finished second in smallbore and third in combined score at this year’s conference championships and secured six all-GARC honors throughout his four-year WVU career.

A member of the 2009 Capital One Academic All-America third team, he also is a four-time CRCA all-Academic team member and a three-time GARC Scholar-Athlete.

Campriani is the 27th Mountaineer since 1952, and the second this year, to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America first team honors. Women’s basketball graduate Liz Repella, the 2011 female Red Brown Cup honoree, earned her second consecutive honor in February.

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