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
|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|
|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
|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|
|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