The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)/Google Cloud Men’s & Women’s Academic All-America At-Large teams were announced on Wednesday, June 19, and eight conference student-athletes were on the list of honorees.
Denison Men’s Swimming junior Bebe Wang (Naperville, IL/Metea Valley) headlined the awards, capturing the Google Cloud Academic All-America Men’s At-Large Team Member of the Year with a 3.96 grade-point average as a mathematics and physics double-major. He was also a member of the CoSIDA’s All-America first team.
Wang helped lead the Big Red to their second consecutive NCAA Division III national championship this spring. He was a national champion in the 200-yard individual medley and was a member of the Big Red’s 400- and 800-yard national champion freestyle relays. Overall, Wang is a five-time national champion and 11-time All-American.
Joining Wang on the All-America team were Denison swimming teammates, senior Carson Clear (Fort Collins, CO/Fossil Ridge) and sophomore Drake Horton (Madison, WI/James Madison Memorial). Both Clear and Horton were members of the third team.
Clear graduated in May with a 3.79 grade-point average as a biology major. In the pool, he was a member of the national champion 200 medley relay and ended his career with seven All-American performances. He also holds the conference record in the 100 backstroke (47.87) and is a three-time CSCAA Scholar All-American.
Horton owns a 3.72 cumulative GPA as a data analytics major at Denison. In March, he captured the 200-yard freestyle national title en route to six All-American awards at the meet. Overall, Horton is an 11-time All-American and a three-time national champion.
On the women’s side, Kenyon senior swimmer Hannah Orbach-Mandel (Tucson, AZ/Catalina Foothills) was tabbed an All-America first-team selection. She compiled a 3.90 cumulative GPA as an economics major at Kenyon. In the pool, Orbach-Mandel was a 25-time NCAA All-American, swimming in four straight NCAA Championships. She was part of three national relay championships and was an eight-time NCAC champion.
On the second team were DePauw women’s golf senior Anna Foley (Toronto, Ontario/Humberside Collegiate), Denison swimming junior KT Kustritz (St. Paul, MN/St. Paul College) and Kenyon swimming senior Abby Wilson (Westerville, OH/Columbus Academy).
Foley, a biochemistry major with a 4.00 cumulative GPA, graduated in May from DePauw. Athletically, she posted a 79.4 stroke average this season and finished among the top 10 at six of the 11 tournaments the Tigers participated in. She finished in eighth-place at the NCAC championships, receiving all-conference honors for the third straight year. She also finished tied for 37th at the NCAA Division III Championships where the Tigers finished fifth as a team.
Denison’s Kustritz was tabbed to the second team as a Health, Exercise & Sport Studies major with a 3.7 cumulative GPA through her junior season. Kustritz won national championships in the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes this season, upping her count to five in her career. She is a 13-time All-American, 10-time NCAC champion and a two-time CSCAA Scholar All-American.
Wilson was a molecular biology major with a 3.82 cumulative GPA at Kenyon. The senior swam a leg of the 2019 NCAA champion 400- and 800-yard freestyle relay teams. She’s a 19-time All-American and a 16-time All-NCAC performer. Wilson also owns six NCAC event titles.
On the third team was Denison swimming junior Natalie Zaravella (Victor, NY/Victor). She owns a 3.86 cumulative GPA as an economics and global commerce major. This season, Zaravella produced three top-six performances at the NCAA Championships, including a fourth-place finish in the 400 IM. She is a six-time All-American and two-time CSCAA Scholar All-American. She also is a two-time NCAC champion in the 400 IM.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average 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/athletics communications staff.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America® honors on more than 30,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports. The Division III Google Cloud Academic All-America® program is financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2018-19 Division III Academic All-America® teams.