May 20, 2010 – Four Student-Athletes have been selected to the ESPN the Magazine/College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District team. Andrew McCall, Peter Bracha, Kate Aherne and Tanya Sylvester are all first-team honorees and will move on to the national ballot for Academic All-America considerations.
McCall (St. Louis, Mo./Parkway South) is a 2010 Rhodes Scholar and the first in the history of the University. He was named the Truman Male Student-Athlete of the year at the annual Awards banquet and missed going to nationals for the first time in his collegiate career by .03 of a second. McCall is a three-time All-American and was named to the Swimming Coaches Association all-Academic team.
Bracha (Ames, Iowa/Ames) was a third-team Academic All-American last season and was the Bulldog’s played number one singles on the Truman Men’s Tennis team. He posted a 9-12 singles record during the season and ended his collegieate career with a 47-40 mark. In doubles, Bracha split time at number one or two and was 9-7 in 2010 and 57-28 during his four seasons. He is a three-time selection to both the MIAA Presidential Scholar list and the Academic all-MIAA lists.
Sylvester (Rochester, Minn./Century) was also a third-team Academic All-American last year and earned five All-American awards at the 2010 Division II Swimming and Diving Championships. Her best individual finish was ninth in the 200 Fly and has earned 10 All-America honors over the past two seasons.
Aherne (Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove) was a first-team Academic All-American in 2009 and won her third straight 200 IM national championship at the Division II Swimming and Diving championships in March. She finished her Truman swimming career with 27 all-America honors with seven coming this past season. She was the co-winner of the Truman Female Student-Athlete of the year award will fellow national champion Katrina Biermann. She was recently awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
To be eligible for Academic All-District consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA 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 school’s sports information office.
Since the program’s inception in 1952, the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student athletes covering all divisions and NCAA championship sports.