Anastasia Bogdanovski, Andrew Chevalier Picked As Division III Academic All-Americans of the Year

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YOUNG HARRIS, Georgia, June 5. NCAA Division III Swimmer of the Year Anastasia Bogdanovski is one of the 17 women named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Division III at-large teams, leading the pack as the Division III All-American of the Year.

Andrew Chevalier, a graduating senior from national champion Kenyon College was named the male Academic All-American of the Year, one of 12 male swimmers on the list published by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

The 29 swimmers are part of the 90 student-athletes recognized this season for their work in the classroom and in the athletic arena. Below is the full list of the swimmers earning Academic All-America status, with the press release by CoSIDA featuring the first-team members to follow.

First team
Anastasia Bogdanovski (Johns Hopkins)
Andrew Chevalier (Kenyon)
Spencer Fronk (Denison)
Will Kimball (Johns Hopkins)
Taylor Kitayama (Johns Hopkins)
Carlos Maciel (Johns Hopkins)
Kirsten Nitz (Wheaton)
Clare Slagel (Luther)
Alissa Tinklenberg (Gustavus Adolphus)
Haley Townsend (Kenyon)

Second team
Elizabeth Aronoff (Emory)
Lauren Bailey (Rochester)
Alex Beckwith (Kenyon)
Elianna Bier (Augsburg)
Jack Burgeson (DePauw)
Caleb Capozella (Catholic)
Stephen Culberson (Trinity)
Emily Doerner (New York)
Katherine Giles (Gallaudet)
Syd Lindblom (Kenyon)
Matt Sexton (Wheaton)
Katie Sheldon (Trinity)
Brooke Woodward (Emory)

Third team
Brad Brooks (McDaniel)
Kaleb Roush (Colorado College)
Jake Tamposi (Williams)
Supriya Davis (Swarthmore)
Lizzy Linsmayer (Amherst)
Cathleen Pruden (Mount Holyoke)

Senior swimmer Andrew Chevalier of Kenyon College and junior swimmer Anastasia Bogdanovski of Johns Hopkins University headline the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Division III At-Large Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Chevalier and Bogdanovski have been selected as the NCAA Division III Academic All-America of the Year award winners for the men’s and women’s at-large programs, respectively.

The Capital One Division III Academic All-America program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2013-14 Division III Academic All-America teams program.

It marks the second straight year that a Kenyon men’s swimmer has earned Academic All-American of the Year honors, after Curtis Ramsey earned the honor in 2013. Chevalier is one of four repeat first-team selections on the Capital One Academic All-America Division III Men’s At-Large squad, and one of 10 men to repeat as Academic All-America honorees.

A chemistry major with a 3.96 G.P.A., Chevalier was a member of Kenyon’s NCAA Division III national championship men’s swimming and diving squad, earning All-America honors 12 times with 11 top-10 national finishes in his career. At the 2014 national championships, the native of Golden, Colorado, recorded three top-10 finishes, finishing fourth in the 400-yard individual medley, sixth in the 500 freestyle and eighth in the 1,650 freestyle. A 2012 Olympic Trials qualifier, he claimed the 2014 North Coast Athletic Conference title in the 400 IM in a conference-record 3:54.18. Chevalier was a 2014 team captain, Kenyon’s Bennett Memorial Award-winner, and an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient.

One of seven first-time selections on this year’s Capital One Academic All-America Division III Women’s At-Large First Team, Bogdanovski garners her first-ever accolade. A public health major with a 3.67 G.P.A., Bogdanovski is the 2014 NCAA Swimmer of the Year after winning six of her seven career NCAA championships. A native of Fanwood, New Jersey, Bogdanovski is the 2014 Division III Woman of the Year nominee for swimming & diving for the Collegiate Women Sports Award (CWSA) and the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Swimmer of the Year. Bogdanovski also swims on the Macedonia national team and holds four national records (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 50 backstroke, 100 backstroke).

Denison University swimmer Carlos Maciel is the lone three-time Academic All-America honoree on this year’s men’s squad, having earned second-team honors last year and third-team honors in 2012. A native of Recife, Brazil, and an economics and international studies major with a 3.65 G.P.A., Maciel earned three All-American honors at the NCAA national championships, finishing second in the 200 freestyle, third in the 200 individual medley and second as a member of the 200 freestyle relay squad. A two-time national champion, Maciel earned All-America honors 17 times in his career, Maciel was a member of teams that won the NCAA championship twice and earned national runner-up honors twice. He is one of seven Denison Presidential Medalists and was named an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient.

In addition to Chevalier, three other student-athletes repeated as first-team Academic All-America honorees — Washington & Jefferson College wrestler Josh Etzel, St. Mary’s College of Maryland tennis player Andrew Gear and Massachusetts Institute of Technology fencer Joey Rafidi.

A biochemistry major with a 3.78 G.P.A. from Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, Etzel finished sixth nationally in the 157-pound weight class at the 2014 Division III wrestling championships, finishing 29-5 on the season. His 29-5 record included a 25-match winning streak during the season, his third Presidents’ Athletic Conference championship and an NCAA Mideast Region runner-up finish. The three-time Division III national tournament qualifier finished his career with a 97-18 career record, the fourth-most wins in school history. A three-time National Wrestling Coaches Association Scholar All-American, Etzel has also earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

An English, political science and public policy major with a 4.00 G.P.A., Gear finished 13-6 in singles and 11-7 in doubles for St. Mary’s, finishing his career as the school’s all-time leader in both singles (69) and doubles (56) victories, while also holding single-season school records with 21 singles (2012) and 17 doubles (2013) victories. A five-time All-Capital Athletic Conference selection, the 2014 CAC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the 2013 CAC Player of the Year and 2011 CAC Rookie of the Year, Gear earned CAC Player of the Week honors six times in his career. The native of Westminster, Maryland, was named St. Mary’s co-valedictorian and earned the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award for the Atlantic South region. He was a four-time ITA Scholar-Athlete and CAC All-Academic Team honoree.

An electrical engineering and computer science major with a 4.00 G.P.A. from Los Angeles, California, Rafidi finished the season with a 34-9 record, finishing ninth in the NCAA fencing national championships as the only Division III ep?e qualifier. He finished first at the New England Championships, winning MIT’s first individual title in 19 years, while finishing second at the NCAA regional. A two-year captain, Rafidi was named the recipient of the NCAA Elite 89 Award as the student-athlete at the NCAA championships with the highest G.P.A. He has a patent pending for a medical device that alerts caregivers to the onset of pressure ulcer development in spinal cord injury patients.

Five other men’s student-athletes earned Academic All-America honors for the second straight year. Carnegie Mellon University senior golfer Ian Bangor, Ohio Northern University junior wrestler Cody Lovejoy and Wheaton (Ill.) College senior wrestler Matt McCrary were second-team honorees last year, while Denison senior swimmer Spencer Fronk and The College of St. Scholastica senior tennis player Nick Lambrecht were third-team honorees in 2013.

A business administration major with a 3.85 G.P.A., Bangor finished with a 75.2 stroke average in 2013-14, with an event win, three top-three and seven top-10 finishes, ranking fifth in the Mid-Atlantic Region and leading Carnegie Mellon in scoring average for the fourth straight year. A 2013 PING All-American and NCAA national championships competitor, Bangor earned All-University Athletic Association honors twice, finished with a 75.2 career stroke average and is the school’s all-time win leader with 10 in his career. The native of Moon Township, Pennsylvania, is a four-time PING Mid-Atlantic Region Team member, two-time Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar and an All-UAA Academic honoree.

A pharmacy major with a 3.99 G.P.A., Lovejoy earned the NCAA Elite 89 Award at the Division III wrestling national championships for the second year in a row, becoming the first-ever wrestler to repeat the honor. Lovejoy finished with a 43-5 record and 24 pins in 2013-14, earning All-American honors with a seventh-place finish at 285 pounds at the 2014 national tournament. The Harrod, Ohio, native earned Ohio Athletic Conference Wrestler of the Year honors this season, while also earning NWCA Scholar All-America honors for the second straight year. He is a two-time national tournament qualifier.

A business/economics major with a 4.00 G.P.A., McCrary finished with a 40-13 record at 174 pounds this season, winning the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championship in his weight class. He earned CCIW Wrestler of the Week honors this season, while also winning the Knox Invitational title. He finished his career with 99 victories. A two-time NWCA Scholar All-America and four-time CCIW Academic All-Conference honoree, McCrary earned the CCIW’s Merle Chapman Award as the conference’s outstanding member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. McCrary is a native of Wilmette, Illinois.

An economics and English major with a 3.60 G.P.A., Fronk is the second Denison swimmer on the Academic All-America First Team. A native of Greenwood Village, Colorado, Fronk earned six All-America honors this season, including national runner-up honors in two relays and individual top-11 finishes in four other events. A three-time national champion as an individual and 25-time All-American, he was a part of Denison teams that won the national title twice and earned runner-up honors twice in his career. Fronk is also a recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

A biology major with a 3.96 G.P.A. from Stacy, Minnesota, Lambrecht finished 18-7 in singles competition and 16-5 in doubles competition for St. Scholastica, which won the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles with a 22-3 team record, 10-0 in UMAC play. An All-UMAC selection in 2013 and 2014, Lambrecht finished his career with 52 singles victories, the third-most in program history and the only St. Scholastica tennis player to record at least 50 career wins and have a greater-than-.700 winning percentage. He was named the school’s Male Scholar-Athlete recipient.

A mechanical engineering major with a 3.92 G.P.A., MIT senior Craig Cheney earned Academic All-America honors for the first time. An Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches second-team All-American selection this season, Cheney scored 49 goals and had 22 assists, while adding team-best totals in steals (73), ejections drawn (40), blocks (15) and rebounds (16). He earned CPWA first-team all-conference, first-team all-tournament, and first-team Northern Division honors, and holds school records for single-season steals, career steals (225) and career goals (204). The Sherwood, Oregon, native earned ACWPC All-Academic honors and received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Senior Thomas deLyon of Johns Hopkins joined Cheney as a water polo player on the first team. An economics major with a 3.90 G.P.A. from Newbury Park, California, Hopkins earned honorable-mention All-America honors this season, finishing with 60 goals and 24 assists for 84 points, and adding 65 ejections drawn, 16 steals and two blocks. The team captain had a career year in 2014, scoring as many goals and points this season as he had in his first three seasons combined. He ranks in the top 20 in school history in four career categories — 10th in points (168), 20th in goals (114), 11th in assists (54) and 16th in steals (54).

Fellow Johns Hopkins athlete Will Kimball, a senior swimmer, was named to the first team. An international studies major with a 3.52 G.P.A., from Baltimore, Maryland, Kimball was a part of back-to-back national titles as a member of the 800 freestyle relay, with the 2013 squad setting an NCAA record. A captain and 12-time All-American in his career, Kimball holds the school record in the 200 freestyle and is a member of two school-record relays. He was a part of top-five team finishes in the last two national championships. Kimball served an internship in the New York City Office for International Affairs, and has volunteered in numerous service activities.

A business administration major with a 3.78 G.P.A. from Simi Valley, California, University of Redlands junior golfer Bobby Holden is making his first appearance on the Academic All-America First Team. This season, Holden claimed the NCAA Division III national championship, finishing with a 9-under-par 279 — the lone player to finish under-par. He led Redlands to a third-place team finish in the national tourney. Holden finished with a 71.375 stroke average this season, with four eagles and 59 birdies. A Palmer Cup finalist, Holden was also named Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Athlete of the Year. He has earned all-region first-team honors three times and All-SCIAC first-team honors twice, while also earning multiple All-America honors. He was part of Redlands squads that earned Golf Coaches Association of America Team Academic Awards twice.

Clarkson University senior Christian Perryman is the lone skier to be named to the Academic All-America First Team. A mechanical engineering major with a 3.99 G.P.A., Perryman finished 16th overall at the U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association National Championships, earning 21st-place finishes in the giant slalom and slalom. He finished 10th in the giant slalom and 17th in the slalom at the USCSA regionals. A native of West Lebanon, New Hampshire, Perryman was a two-time MacConnell Division All-Star (ranking in the top 15 in the conference). He has helped to organize several philanthropic and community service-oriented activities for local youth.

The 15 members of the Capital One Academic All-America Division III Men’s At-Large first team maintain an average G.P.A. of 3.86. Three of the members boast a perfect 4.00 G.P.A.

Seniors Courtney Benson of Hamline and Katie Cecil of Carnegie Mellon are the two repeat selections on this year’s Capital One Academic All-America Division III Women’s At-Large First Team.

Benson once again is the lone gymnastics representative on the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Division III Women’s At-Large First Team. An accounting and economics double major with a 3.96 G.P.A., Benson is a four-time All-American in the floor exercise, vault and all-around events. A native of Winona, Minnesota, Benson is the 2014 National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Senior Athlete of the Year.

A neuroscience major with a perfect 4.00 G.P.A., Cecil is a two-time NCAA Elite 89 winner for Division III Women’s Tennis. A native of Huntington Beach, Calif., Cecil won 48 singles matches and 44 doubles matches during her three-year career with the Tartans, after transferring from Tulane University. Cecil was a first-team University Athletic Association selection this season at No. 3 singles.

Seniors Victoria Foanio of Albright College, E’leyna Garcia of Guilford College, Paige Gooch of DePauw University and Taylor Kitayama of Johns Hopkins are the four repeat selections on the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Division III Women’s At-Large Team after being a second-team selection in 2013.

An accounting major with a 3.80 G.P.A., Foanio is a four-time first team All-Commonwealth Conference selection, a Mid-Atlantic Conference Scholar Athlete and the 2011 Commonwealth Rookie of the Year. A native of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Foanio was 9-0 in conference singles while never losing a set, and also went 6-1 in doubles matches. For her career, Foanio is 78-8 at singles, including a 61-1 mark at first singles in dual-match competition and 59-24 at doubles.

A psychology major with a 3.70 G.P.A, Garcia is Guilford’s first two-time Academic All-America honoree and the school’s first IWLCA All-American selection. A native of Plantation, Florida, Garcia set the NCAA Division III record by scoring at least one goal in 70 consecutive games. The three-time All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) pick holds seven school records, including career points (364) and goals in a game (10, two times), season (99) and career (287), which stands second in ODAC history and 11th in NCAA Division III history.

An economics with a 3.70 G.P.A, Gooch is DePauw’s first four-time All-American, including earning her first-team selection this season after being tabbed as second-team the previous three. A native of Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, Gooch was the 2014 NCAC Player of the Year and earned medalist honors at the NCAC Championships. Gooch won five of 11 tournaments and finished in the top 10 a total of 10 times.

A neuroscience major with a 3.66 G.P.A., Kitayama is a five-time NCAA champion and is the Johns Hopkins record-holder with 25 All-America honors and 17 conference titles. A native of Boulder, Colorado, Kitayama holds four Johns Hopkins individual records, four relay records as well as seven pool records (three individual, four relay). Kitayama is a Dean’s List student and Hodson Trust Scholar.

Senior Alissa Tinklenberg of Gustavus Adolphus College is the last repeat selection on the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Division III Women’s At-Large Team after being a third-team selection in 2013. An accounting major with a 3.79 G.P.A., Tinklenberg is a two-time Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Swimmer of the Year after winning three individual and four relay titles at the MIAC Championships. A native of Willmar, Minnesota, Tinklenberg was awarded a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Senior Stephanie Lewis of Montclair State University is the lone field hockey representative on the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Division III Women’s At-Large First Team. A psychology major with a 3.86 G.P.A., Lewis is a first-team National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-American, first-team NFHCA All-Region and All-New Jersey Athletic Conference honoree. A native of Garwood, New Jersey, Lewis scored seven goals and tied for the team and conference lead in assists with 11 this season.

Senior Sydney Aveson of Plattsburgh State University is the lone ice hockey representative on the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Division III Women’s At-Large First Team. An expeditionary studies major with a 3.50 G.P.A., Aveson is a three-time All-American, two-time Eastern College Athletic Conference Women’s West Goalie of the Year and the 2014 ECAC Women’s West Player of the Year. A native of West Covina, California, Aveson recorded 30 career shutouts — more than any other Division III men’s or women’s goaltender.

Along with Bogdanovski, Kitayama and Tinklenberg, three other swimmers were named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Division III Women’s At-Large First Team — sophomores Kirsten Nitz of Wheaton (Ill.), Clare Slagel of Luther College and Haley Townsend of Kenyon.

A French and applied health science double major with a 3.73 G.P.A., Nitz is a four-time NCAA Division III champion, a two-time winner of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Female Swimmer of the Year and an 11-time CCIW champion. A native of Frankfort, Kentucky, Nitz holds six individual Wheaton school records and is part of five school-record relay teams.

A biology major with a 3.85 G.P.A., Slagel is a five-time NCAA III All-American who became Luther’s first national champion this year, capturing the title in the 200-yard backstroke. A native of Dubuque, Iowa, Slagel was named the Mississippi Valley Conference Swimmer of the Year and was a MVC All-Conference performer.

An international studies with a perfect 4.00 G.P.A., Townsend is a 12-time All-American and an NCAA Elite 89 Award winner. A native of Greenwood, Indiana, Townsend placed second at this year’s NCAA Championships as a member of both the 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay (3:22.84) and is a part of four different Kenyon record-setting relay teams.

Senior Kara Shoemaker of Williams College joins Cecil and Foanio as the tennis representatives on the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Division III Women’s At-Large First Team. A psychology and economics double major, Shoemaker advanced to the semifinals of the 2014 NCAA III tournament in singles action and the quarterfinals in doubles.
A native of Princeton, New Jersey, Shoemaker ended her career with a record of 90-28 in singles and 75-36 in doubles. Shoemaker was a member of the Ephs three national championship teams.

Senior Rebecca Studin of SUNY Cortland joins Gooch as the golf representatives on the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Division III Women’s At-Large First Team. A sport management major with a 3.97 G.P.A., Studin was Cortland’s first-ever NCAA women’s golf tournament qualifier and she finished tied for 22nd out of 110 competitors at the 2014 NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championship. A native of Ithaca, New York, registered 13 rounds in the 70s and was Cortland’s top finisher in nine of 10 events prior to the NCAAs. Studin was a two-time medalist and three-time runner-up finishes in 2013-14.

Two of the 15 members of the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division III Women’s At-Large Team maintain a 4.00 G.P.A., and the team has a whole carries an average G.P.A. of 3.799.

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Jeff Commings is the host of several shows on SwimmingWorld.TV, including "The Morning Swim Show," which features interviews with people making headlines in aquatic sports. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and was a nine-time NCAA All-American.

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