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Four members from the University of Victoria have been recognized for their outstanding work both on and off the field by being named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® College Division Men’s and Women’s At-Large Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The Google Cloud Academic All-America® College Division At-Large Teams includes student-athletes from the NAIA, U SPORTS as well as two-year Junior Colleges.

The at-large program for the CoSIDA Academic All-America® program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo for both men and women; bowling, crew and field hockey for women; and volleyball and wrestling for men.

From the Vikes: Judy Beestermoeller a third-year rower, Lindsay Cole a field hockey player in her fourth year, third-year golfer Quinn Fitzgerald and Josh Zakala a second-year swimmer all earned the right to be recognized among some of the top student-athletes both on the field of play as well as in the classroom.

Beestermoeller, originally from Hamburg Germany, earned a spot on the 2017-18 Academic All-America® Women’s At-Large First Team after compiling a 4.0 GPA in the faculty of science while simultaneously competing in crews that won the reserve eight ‘B’ Final at the San Diego Crew Classic as well as the Dowd-Campbell Cup at the Brown Cup.

Hailing from Victoria, Cole is no stranger to accolades, having previously won the University of Victoria Provost Award for Excellence as well as the Gail Wilson Outstanding Contributor Award. Her 4.0 GPA in the faculty of science combined with her three goals and strong play as the captain of the Vikes, earned her a spot on the First-Team.

Fitzgerald, from Calgary Alta. earned a nod to the Second-Team after an outstanding 2017-18 season saw her finish in a tie for fourth at the Canadian National Championships, leading the Vikes to a silver medal. In the classroom, Fitzgerald also compiled a GPA of 4.0 in the faculty of science.

Rounding out the Vikes contingent earning accolades was Zakala, who recorded a GPA of 4.0 in the faculty of engineering. In the pool Zakala earned a silver medal in the 400-m IM at the U SPORTS Championships as well as a silver and bronze at the Canada West Championships.

The Google Cloud Academic All-America® College Division Men’s At-Large Team produced an average GPA of 3.94 with the first team combining for an average GPA of 3.97. The team includes 11 student-athletes with 4.0 GPA and three graduate students.

The Google Cloud Academic All-America® College Division Women’s At-Large Team produced an average GPA of 3.97 with the first team combining for an average GPA of 3.99. The team includes 13 student-athletes with 4.0 GPA or higher.

2017-18 Academic All-America® Men’s At-Large Team College Division

FIRST TEAM
Sport                 Name                                      School                                                     Yr.    GPA          
Wrestling           Justin Brown                              Campbellsville University                       Gr.   4.00
Tennis                Hector Carrillo Perales               McPherson College                               Sr.    3.97
Swimming           Wyatt Engler                            Keiser University                                     Sr.    4.00
Golf                  Erik Jonasson                             Keiser University                                     Sr.    3.95
Tennis                Kevin Konfederak (1)                 Georgia Gwinnett College                      Sr.    4.00
Swimming           Guilherme Magnoler                  Olivet Nazarene University                    Sr.    3.88
Volleyball          Victor Neves (1)                        Park University                                         Sr.    4.00
Golf                  Nick Norton                              Arizona Christian University                       Sr.    4.00
Wrestling           Mitch Roadruck                          Indiana Institute of Technology               Gr.   3.93
Wrestling           Riley Williams                           Wayland Baptist University                       Sr.    4.00
Golf                  Andrew Williamson (1,$)            Wayland Baptist University                       Sr.    3.97

SECOND TEAM
Sport                 Name                                      School                                                     Yr.    GPA          
Tennis                Stephen All                               Taylor University                                       Sr.    3.98
Volleyball          Jimmy Aschenbrenner                 Morningside College                               Jr.    4.00
Swimming           Joshua Bouma                           Olivet Nazarene University                     Sr.    3.55
Lacrosse             Steven Brill                               Robert Morris University (Ill.)                    So.   4.00
Ice Hockey          Nathan Chiarlitti                        McGill University                                       Gr.   3.91
Tennis                Juan Jimenez                             McPherson College                                  Jr.    4.00
Golf                  Ben Kendrick                             University of the Cumberlands                    Sr.    3.79
Golf                  Chris Senna                               Arizona Christian University                        Sr.    4.00
Volleyball          Bobby Ying                              Robert Morris University (Ill.)                         Jr.    3.88
Swimming           Josh Zakala                              University of Victoria                            So.   4.00          

Google Cloud Academic All-America® of the Year: Kevin Konfederak, Georgia Gwinnett College

(1) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® College Division first team selection in 2017
($) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® of the Year College Division in 2017

2017-18 Academic All-America® Women’s At-Large Team College Division

FIRST TEAM
Sport                 Name                                      School                                                     Yr.    GPA         
Lacrosse             Jennifer Banks                           Indiana Institute of Technology            Jr.    3.99
Rowing               Judith Beestermoeller                 University of Victoria                    Jr.    4.00          
Tennis                Zoë Bouwmeester                      McPherson College                              Jr.    3.96
Field Hockey       Lindsay Cole                             University of Victoria                      Sr.    4.00          
Tennis                Autria Compton                         Arizona Christian University                  Sr.    4.00
Tennis                Jessica Emoto                            Tabor College                                       Sr.    3.99
Lacrosse             Becan Hennighan                       University of the Cumberlands            Jr.    4.00
Swimming           Christina Klouda                        University of the Cumberlands             Jr.    4.00
Golf                  Gina Kowalchuk                        University of Providence                          Sr.    3.94
Golf                  Breanna Nowak                        Indiana University East                             Jr.    4.00
Lacrosse             Kristina Scott (1)                        Indiana Institute of Technology             Sr.    3.96

SECOND TEAM
Sport                 Name                                      School                                                     Yr.    GPA         
Golf                  Quinn Fitzgerald                       University of Victoria                            Jr.    4.00         
Tennis                Molly Fletchall                           Taylor University                                       Jr.    3.94
Swimming           Deirdre Gerke                          Olivet Nazarene University                      Sr.    3.66
Tennis                Katie Golka                              College of Saint Mary                               Jr.    4.00
Swimming           Maddy Kelly                             College of Idaho                                      Jr.    3.91
Golf                  Jaylin Kenney                           Carroll College                                          Sr.    4.00
Lacrosse             Karissa Proctor                          University of Saint Mary                        Jr.    4.00
Tennis                Merle Schlaeger                        University of St. Francis (IL)                   Sr.    4.00
Golf                  Genevieve Stelmacovich             Park University                                       Sr.    4.12
Golf                  Emily Whipple                          Peru State College                                     Sr.    4.00

Google Cloud Academic All-America® of the Year: Christina Klouda, University of the Cumberlands

(1) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® College Division first team selection in 2017

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