MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University winter athletic teams put a total of 73 student-athletes on the 2019 NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team, while eight Cardinals earned All-Sportsmanship honors as announced by the conference on Wednesday afternoon. A total of 864 student-athletes were named to the All-Academic Team, while 85 earned spots on the All-Sportsmanship Team.
In order to earn a spot on the All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore academic standing and be a varsity letter winner with a minimum GPA of 3.50 or equivalent on a 4.0 scale. Transfer students are eligible as long as they have completed at least one year of coursework at the institution.
Middlebury ranked first in the conference with 122 athletes on the All-Academic list, while Williams ranked second with 115 and Amherst was third with 111 athletes.
The women's track & field team led the charge for the Cardinals, with 15 honorees, while the women's ice hockey team saw 10 players earn the achievement. The men's ice hockey and women's swimming & diving teams placed nine athletes on the All-Academic unit each, while men's track & field (6), men's squash (5), women's squash (5), wrestling (5), men's swimming & diving (4), men's basketball (3) and women's basketball (2) were all represented.
Senior Sophia Antonio (women's swimming & diving) was named to the All-Academic Team for the third time and was also on the All-NESCAC squad. Additionally, there were 25 other individuals making their third appearance on the All-Academic Team. Five additional individuals were named to both the All-Academic Team and earned All-NESCAC laurels this season: Jordan Bonner (men's basketball), Chad Malinowski (men's ice hockey), Grace Middleton (women's swimming & diving), Tim Sestak (men's ice hockey) and Maela Whitcomb (women's swimming & diving).
The All-Sportsmanship Team is comprised of one student-athlete from each of the NESCAC schools for each sport the conference sponsors, as 85 student-athletes were recognized. Antonio (women's swimming & diving), Tara Berger (women's basketball) and Kevin McDonald (men's basketball) earned the accolade for the second time in their careers. The other five award winners were Andy Espinoza (men's ice hockey), Sarah Goss (women's ice hockey), Kevin Le (men's squash), Ali Imperiale (women's squash), and Max Wimer (men's swimming & diving).