BETHANY’S FINLEY CHOSEN AS PAC SAAC STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
June 27 - WEXFORD, Pa. – Bethany College senior Desiree Finley (Nanticoke, Pa./Hanover Area) has been selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Female Scholar-Athlete of the Month for June.
Each month, SAAC members at a PAC school nominate a student-athlete to highlight based on academic and athletic accomplishments. Honorees must be a varsity member in their respective sport(s) and in their junior or senior year. Scholar-Athletes of the Month must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and be actively involved on his or her campus community.
Finley just completed her collegiate career as a student-athlete at Bethany as a member of the track & field, swimming, and cross country teams and was named the school's Female Senior Athlete of the Year for 2011. As a four-year member of the track program, she earned seven All-PAC honors in her career, including four as a senior, and broke school records in the pole vault and 400 hurdles. In 2011, she qualified for the ECAC Championships in the 100 and 400 hurdles. Overall, she qualified for ECACs on nine separate occasions during her track career.
In the pool, Finley set five school records in swimming and won three PAC Diving Championships in her career (1-meter and 3-meter in 2007/1-meter in 2008). She also earned Honorable Mention All-PAC laurels in the 3-meter dive in 2008. A four-year member of the cross country team, she finished 15th at the PAC Championships in 2007.
Finley is a physical education major who posted a 3.08 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and was on the PAC Academic Honor Roll one semester. She is also a member of Phi Delta Psi Physical Education Honor Society and the International Education Honor Society. Finley also served as member of the Bethany SAAC for one year.
Finley is the daughter of Sharon Hicks of Nanticoke, Pa.