MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University athletic teams placed 99 athletes on the 2018 NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team, while eight Cardinals were honored with All-Sportsmanship Team recognition by the conference office.
Among the 11 NESCAC schools, a total of 1,033 student-athletes were named to the All-Academic Team, headlined by Middlebury with 147 honorees. Williams saw 129 athletes collect the achievement, while Tufts (113) and Amherst (104) also placed over a 100 on the squad, respectively.
The prerequisites necessary for this award are a student-athlete must have reached sophomore academic standing, and be a varsity letter winner with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.40. Transfer students are eligible for this award as long as they have competed one year of coursework at the institution.
Leading the way for the Cardinals were the women's swimming & diving and indoor track & field programs, as 15 student-athletes from each squad made their way onto the All-Academic Team. The men's indoor track & field program saw 14 individuals earn the honor, while men's ice hockey (11), women's ice hockey (10), men's swimming & diving (eight), women's squash (eight), men's squash (five), wrestling (five), women's basketball (five) and men's basketball (three) were also represented.
On the Winter All-Sportsmanship Team, the eight Cardinals recognized were sophomore Kevin McDonald (men's basketball), junior Tara Berger (women's basketball), senior Theo Tydingco (men's ice hockey), senior Alex Horton (women's ice hockey), sophomore Premchai Bunsermvicha (men's squash), sophomore Nina Premutico (women's squash), senior Spencer Tang (men's swimming & diving) and senior Corinne Noonan (women's swimming & diving).
Berger earned the accolade for the second season in a row, as her positive energy and camaraderie with her teammates was one of the big reasons behind the women's basketball team posting 17 wins en route to advancing all the way to the semifinals of the NESCAC Tournament.
Eighty-five individuals from the NESCAC earned this award, as the group is made up of one student-athlete from each institution for each sport the conference sponsors. The award is issued to people, who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to sportsmanship in the athletic domains and in day-to-day life, including for themselves, teammates, coaches, opponents and spectators.
Senior Maddie Bledsoe (women's basketball), junior Jordan Bonner (men's basketball) and junior Chad Malinowski (men's ice hockey) showcased what it means to be true Wesleyan student-athletes, as all three of them earned All-NESCAC laurels for their play on the court, in addition to being named to the All-Academic Team.
Written by Trevor Wenners, Athletic Communications Assistant