School garners first ever back-to-back academic winners in basketball

MSOE senior center Carol Cayo (Lake Mills, Wis./Lake Mills) has been named Capital One Academic All-America of the Year for Division III women’s basketball. The honor comes after being a standout academic athlete for her entire career at the national and district levels.

This marks the second straight year that an MSOE basketball player has earned this honor. Austin Meier was selected as the College Division Academic All-America of the Year during the 2011-12 season. Cayo is the 10th CoSida Academic All American recipient at MSOE and the third to be named to the first team. No other school has ever had back-to-back recipients of this prestigious award.

This season, Cayo is also a member of the Academic All-America First Team, and last season, she was part of the Academic All-America Second Team. She has been named to Academic All-District First Teams for three straight seasons. Cayo is an industrial engineering major at Milwaukee School of Engineering and carries a 3.98 grade point average. College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes with this award for their combined performance, both athletic and academic in nature.

Academically, Cayo is actively involved in the Institute for Industrial Engineers and received the UPS Service Scholarship for outstanding academic achievement and leadership at the undergraduate level in 2011-12. Cayo is also a recipient of the prestigious MSOE Presidential Scholarship and secretary for Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society.

Just recently, Cayo reached the 1,500-point plateau and moved to second in the MSOE women’s basketball all-time scoring list. Also this year, she became the first player in Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) history to reach 1,000 rebounds in a career. She is the all-time leader in rebounds and blocks in NAC and MSOE history. Cayo was named First Team All-NAC the past two seasons and was selected NAC Freshman of the Year during the 2008-09 season.

Cayo has helped the Raiders set a new program record for overall wins (16) and conference victories (11) this season. MSOE finished second in the South Division of the NAC with an 11-6 record in conference games and will be the third seed in the NAC Tournament. The Raiders will host Concordia-Chicago, the sixth seed in a NAC Quarterfinal game, Wednesday, February 22, at 7 p.m. in Milwaukee.