Alex Boutin of Western New England College named to ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Team

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MAKING THE GRADE. Alex Boutin gained his second ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America award Tuesday when he was among 15 student-athletes selected to the national Men's At-Large College Division First Team.

2008alexboutingifSPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Getting the job done in the classroom and on the tennis court was a high priority for Alex Boutin.

On Tuesday (June 9), the recent Western New England College graduate was among 15 student-athletes named to the 2009 ESPN the Magazine Men's at-Large Academic All-America First Team.

This is the second straight Academic All-American award for Boutin who was a Second-Team selection last year.

The ESPN the Magazine Men's At-Large program includes sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, tennis, and water polo. College Sports Information Directors of America (COSIDA) members select the honor teams.

Boutin, who served as a co-captain on the Golden Bears' squad this spring, compiled a perfect 4.0 grade-point-average in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics.

He was only one of three student-athletes from the Northeast on the First Team joining MIT senior Igor Kopylov (Fencing, 4.00 GPA in Computer Science & Engineering) and Trinity senior Gautam Samarth (Tennis, 4.09 Economics).

"I can definitely say that my college career would not have been nearly as fun nor successful had I not been a student-athlete at WNEC," said Boutin. "I feel that athletics complemented my academics in that it made me more conscious of how I manage my time, and it served as a refreshing break from my studies."

A native of Bristol, Connecticut, Boutin earlier was named the Western New England College and The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) Senior Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year.

Boutin had an equally impressive resume on the court compiling a 74-37 career record (40-18 singles, 34-19 doubles) for a 66.7 winning percentage.

This past season Boutin received an honorable mention on the All-TCCC Team after compiling a 6-9 record at the number one singles position. He also posted an 8-6 mark at the number two doubles spot, including a 7-6 ledger with senior co-captain Jason Lee (Scarsdale, NY).

The Golden Bears compiled a 38-22 record (63.3%) the last four years with Boutin in the lineup and captured the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) title in 2007.

Boutin also earned All-TCCC Second Team honors (singles, doubles) in 2008 and made the All-GNACTeam (doubles) as a sophomore.

A two-time team MVP, Boutin was the recipient of the squad's Coach Philip Sweeney Award for Dedication and Leadership in 2009.

The 21-year-old Boutin was inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society his junior year.

The recipient of numerous academic awards, Boutin received the Mechanical Engineering Department Award for Outstanding Senior last month at the school's Baccalaureate Celebration of Excellence. He earned his bachelor's degree on May 16.

Boutin works as a structural engineer for nuclear power giant AREVA in Massachusetts.

Boutin joins junior David Doiron (Plainville, MA) (Football Second Team) as the school's ESPN the Magazine Academic All-Americans for 2008-09.