The North Coast Athletic Conference was well represented on the 2014 Capital One Academic All-American Division III At-Large Team as nine student-athletes landed on one of the three teams. Kenyon senior swimmer Andrew Chevalier (Golden, CO/Home School) highlighted the men’s list be being named the Academic All-American of the Year.
As the top men’s vote-getter, Chevalier became the second Lords swimmer in as many years and the fifth all-time to be named the Academic All-America Team Member of the Year. Curtis Ramsey collected the award last year, while the other three KC swimmers to earn the award included Joshua Mitchell (2008), Daniel Keipfer (2003) and Torsten Seifert (1998).
Chavalier, who was named to the first team for the second year in a row, finished his four-year career at Kenyon with a 3.96 grade-point-average as a chemistry major. He was also named as an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winner earlier this spring. In the pool, he won the 2014 NCAC title in the 400 IM and then went on to post a trio of top-10 finishes at the 2014 NCAA Championships, led by a fourth-place showing in the 400 IM.
Joining Chevalier on the top men’s team was Denison senior swimmers Spencer Fronk (Greenwood Village, CO/Cherry Creek) and Carlos Maciel (Recife, Brazil/Colegio Marista Sao Luis). Fronk, a 2013 third-team Academic All-American, graduated with a 3.60 GPA as an English and economics major, while Maciel accumulated a 3.65 GPA in economics and international studies. It marked Maciel’s third-straight Academic All-American selection as he earned third-team laurels in 2012 and was a member of the second team in 2013.
On the women’s side, DePauw senior golfer Paige Gooch (Fort Mitchell, KY/Beechwood) and Kenyon sophomore swimmer Haley Townsend (Greenwood, IN/Center Grove) were both first-team selections. Gooch, who elevated to the top team after earning second-team Academic All-America laurels in 2013, graduated from DPU this spring as an economics major with a 3.70 GPA, while Townsend will carry a perfect 4.00 GPA into her junior year as an international studies major.
There were a total of three NCAC student-athletes to earn second-team honors in 2014. The men’s team included Kenyon senior swimmer Alex Beckwith (Midland, MI/H.H. Dow) and DePauw senior swimmer Jack Burgeson (Saint Louis Park, MN/Saint Louis Park), while Kenyon senior swimmer Syd Lindblom (Charlotte, NC/Providence Day) was named to the women’s team after graduating this spring with a 3.75 GPA as a classics and English major. Beckwith and Burgeson both graduated from their institutions with a 3.89 GPA in math and biochemistry, respectively.
Finally, Wittenberg senior women’s lacrosse player Francine Murzynski (Mentor, OH/Lake Catholic) was named to the third team after graduating this spring with a 3.80 GPA as a business major.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.