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Packer Selected for Academic All-America At-Large Second Team

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Senior Eric Packer     By Paul Bussi
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HANOVER, N.H. — For the second straight year, Dartmouth skier Eric Packer has been named a Capital One Academic All-America At-Large selection as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The senior engineering major from Anchorage, Alaska with a 3.86 grade point average earned a spot on the second team this year after making the third team as a junior in 2011.

One of just two Ivy Leaguers and five skiers to earn a spot on one of the three All-America teams (each comprised of 15 individuals), Packer did not disappoint in his final campaign for the Big Green, earning All-America honors in both races at the NCAA Championships held in Bozeman, Mont. He placed fourth in the 20K Classic to make the first team, and finished eighth in the 10K Freestyle for a slot on the second team. Packer, a member of the All-Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) First Team, also competed in the U23 World Championships in Turkey at the end of February, just before the NCAA Championships.

This is the 59th Academic All-America selection for a Dartmouth student-athlete since the program’s inception in 1952, and the 17th selection over the past decade.

The men’s at-large team consists of athletes from the following sports: fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.