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Nine post perfect 4.0 GPAs in 2015-16 to continue record-setting year for Nittany Lion student-athletes
2015-16 BIG TEN DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR
2015-16 ALL-BIG TEN ACADEMIC TEAM
2015-16 ALL-CHA ACADEMIC TEAM
2014-15 BIG TEN DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR
2014-15 ALL-BIG TEN ACADEMIC TEAM
2014-15 ALL-CHA ACADEMIC TEAM
2013-14 ALL-CHA ACADEMIC TEAM
CHA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK (Oct. 7, 2013)
NITTANY LION CAREER
Played in 35 out of 37 games during her junior year...Netted six points (6a) on the year...Tallied an assist against Boston University (10/9), Robert Morris (11/13), Syracuse (12/5), Robert Morris (1/22), Mercyhurst (2/20) and RIT (2/26)...Became the 12th Nittany Lion to skate in 100 games (Syracuse 2/6)...Ranked second on the team with 44 blocked shot attempts...Blocked a season-best five shot attempts in Penn State’s 5-3 victory over No. 7/8 Boston University (10/9).
Played in all 37 games, recording 10 points (1g, 9a), the second-most among Nittany Lion defensemen...Lone goal of the year came on the power play at Union (10/18)...Seven of 10 points during the year came during the player advantage...Recorded assists in back-to-back games twice: against Syracuse (1/31) and at Lindenwood (2/6) and in both games of the RIT home series (1/17-18)...45 blocks ranked second on the team, stopping four shots at Mercyhurst (2/13)...Took 29 shots on the year, with a season-best five coming at Robert Morris (12/6).
Played in 35 games, posting three goals, an assist, four points and 57 blocks...Opened collegiate career with goals in back-to-back games at Vermont (10/4, 10/5), including a power-play tally in the opener...Earned CHA Rookie of the Week honor (10/7) for two-goal weekend at Vermont and a plus-two rating...Tallied third goal of the year against New Hampshire (10/26) on the power play... Blocked a season-high six shots against Syracuse (11/10).
BEFORE PENN STATE
Played for the Nichols School and the Buffalo Bisons club team...With Nichols, helped lead the team to the 2009-10 and 2011-12 North American Prep Hockey Association league titles, while also leading the 2011-12 and 2012-13 squads to Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association titles...Served as team captain in 2011-12 and 2012-13...Invited to two USA Hockey Developmental camps in 2009 and 2011...Guided the Bisons to the New York state championships in 2010 as 14U, 2011 as 19U and 2012 as 16U...The 2011-12 16U squad earned runner-up honors at the national tournament...Helped lead the Bisons to the NYSAHA title in 2013 and earned a trip to the USA Hockey Tier I 19U Tournament.
Kelly Cecelia Seward was born June 7, 1995, in Buffalo, New York, to Mark and Jacqueline Seward...Has two older siblings, Meghan and David, who plays hockey at Nazareth College...Geography major.
QUOTING SEWARD ON PENN STATE
"After visiting many college campuses, I feel that Penn State is a great school to attend. Even though it is a huge campus, it has a small-school feel. It is the perfect fit for me."
QUOTING BRANDWENE ON SEWARD
"I am very impressed with Kelly's consistency and well-rounded game. She possesses great height, strength, foot speed, on-ice vision and puck distribution skills, complemented by a terrific point shot. She'll be a defensive force for us."