Clouda Headlines NAIA Academic All-America Selections

by Wendy Mayer 0

June 18th, 2019 College, NAIA

Six swimmers and divers, three men and three women, garnered NAIA Academic All-America honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America on Tuesday.

Christina Clouda of the Cumberlands headlined the honorees as the Google Cloud Academic All-America Team Member of the Year for the second straight year. She also earned first team honors for the second straight year and is one of the 11 female honorees to boast a 4.0 GPA. Klouda won NAIA national titles in the 200 backstroke (2:02.26) and with the 400 medley relay team and was the national runnerup in the 200 IM. She was also tabbed as the Mid-South Conference Swimmer of the Year.

College of Idaho swimmer Maddy Kelly was named as a first team Academic All-American in 2019 after garnering second team honors a year ago. Kelly is the Coyotes’ first two-time Academic All-American from the women’s swim team since Mckayla Stevens. Kelly earned three individual All-America honors, finishing second in the 50 free and fourth in the 100 fly and 100 free, and five with relay teams at the 2019 NAIA Championships.

Katy Smeltzer of the Cumberlands was the final women’s swimmer honored, receiving first team accolades. Smeltzer was part of the Patriots’ national championship 400 medley relay and garnered seven NAIA All-America honors.

On the men’s side, Keiser’s Lukas Macek was tabbed for the Academic All-America first team, while College of Idaho’s Andrew Clifford and Lindsey Wilson’s Clemens Paetzold earned second team acclaim.

Macek won the 100 breast (54.57) and 200 breast (2:00.49) titles at the 2019 NAIA Championships. The 17-time NAIA All-American won his sixth and seventh national championships in 2019 and was tabbed as an NAIA Scholar-Athlete.

Clifford garnered two individual All-America honors, finishing third in the 200 free and eighth in the 200 fly, and one with the 200 freestyle relay as the Coyotes finished 11th at the NAIA Championships.

Paetzold was named the Mid-South Conference’s Student-Athlete of the Year after earning NAIA All-America team honors in four different events at the NAIA Championship. He also earned All Mid-South Conference in three different events at the conference championships.

2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-America At-Large Teams


Sport Name School Yr. GPA Major
Tennis Stephen All Taylor University Sr. 3.99 Engineering
Volleyball Jimmy Aschenbrenner Morningside College Sr. 4 Biology / Chemistry
Tennis Samir Chikhaoui Xavier University of Louisiana Jr. 3.93 Finance
Golf Andrew Harrison University of British Columbia Sr. 3.81 Interdisciplinary Studies
Tennis Juan Alejandro Jimenez McPherson College Sr. 3.96 Business Admin. / Management & Marketing
Swimming Lukas Macek Keiser University Sr. 3.92 International Business
Volleyball Andrea Maggio Park University Sr. 4 Business Administration & Finance
Tennis Gabriel Niculescu Xavier University of Louisiana Sr. 4 Political Science
Tennis Ramon Puertolas Cumberland University Sr. 3.9 Business Administration
Wrestling Riley Williams Wayland Baptist University Sr. 4 Religion
Volleyball Bobby Ying Robert Morris University (Ill.) Gr. 3.90/3.80 MBA
Sport Name School Yr. GPA Major
Golf Callum Blinkhorn Lindsey Wilson College So. 3.92 History
Wrestling Dylan Chatterton Southeastern University Jr. 3.91 Finance
Swimming Andrew Clifford College of Idaho So. 3.95 Chemistry
Golf Daymond Dollens Columbia College (Mo.) Sr. 3.94 Accounting
Golf Zack Johnson Embry-Riddle University (Ariz.) Jr. 4 Mechanical Engineering
Tennis Axel Lucich Cumberland University Sr. 3.93 Business Administration
Golf Connor Mickens Bethel College (Kan.) Sr. 3.95 Business Administration
Swimming Clemens Paetzold Lindsey Wilson College Sr. 3.91 Business Administration / Management
Tennis Joel Werner Concordia University (Mich.) Sr. 3.96 Biblical Languages

Google Cloud Academic All-America® of the Year: Jimmy Aschenbrenner, Morningside College


Sport Name School Yr. GPA Major
Lacrosse Jennifer Banks Indiana Institute of Technology Sr. 3.99 Biomedical Engineering
Tennis Katherine Golka College of Saint Mary Sr. 4 Secondary English Education
Tennis Aleksandra Grela Keiser University Sr. 4 International Business
Golf Alexis Guimaraes William Penn University Jr. 4 Psychology
Tennis Emma Henriksen Keiser University Sr. 4 Marketing
Swimming Maddy Kelly College of Idaho Sr. 3.93 Business / Accounting
Swimming Christina Klouda University of the Cumberlands Sr. 4 Biology / Chemistry
Golf Breanna Nowak Indiana University East Sr. 4 Biochemistry
Golf Vanessa Schloo USCB Sr. 4 Business Administration
Swimming Katy Smeltzer University of the Cumberlands Sr. 3.97 Biology
Sport Name School Yr. GPA Major
Tennis Madeline Bosnjak Georgia Gwinnett College Jr. 3.43 Business Management
Tennis Zoë Bouwmeester McPherson College Sr. 3.97 Business Management / Marketing
Lacrosse Emily Crump University of the Cumberlands Jr. 3.76 Pre-Physical Therapy
Golf Melissa Eldredge Oklahoma City University Jr. 3.87 Cell & Molecular Biology
Golf Carly Ferguson Missouri Baptist University Jr. 4 Early Childhood Education / Elementary Education
Golf Lindsay Harlow Peru State College Sr. 4 Accounting / Management / Computer Mgmt. Info Systems
Golf Cecilia Heck Indiana Institute of Technology Sr. 3.95 Business Administration & Management
Tennis Elizabeth Kelley Arizona Christian University Jr. 4 Elementary Education
Golf Blanca Porta USCB Jr. 4 Business Administration
Golf Hannah Sager Faulkner University Sr. 3.79 Accounting
Golf Emily Whipple Peru State College Sr. 3.99 Middle Grades Math Education / Psychology

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

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