(The University Division features every NCAA Division I program; District II covers Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia)
In order to be nominated for Academic All-District, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore at his school or a transfer entering at least his second year at his current institution. He must also carry a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30. Awards are voted on by CoSIDA members. The at-large category includes student-athletes from all varsity sports that do not have an Academic All-America team for that specific sport -- on the men's side, CoSIDA currently sponsors Academic All-America teams in football, soccer, basketball, baseball and track & field.
Last month, James Fee became just the fourth swimmer to earn the University of Pennsylvania's Class of 1915 Award since it started being given out in 1931. The Class of 1915 Award is generally considered the top athletic honor for a senior male athlete at the University. He is the first swimmer to be voted on by the coaches since Bill Thompson back in 1992. Fee's honor was well-deserved. Earlier this year, the senior captain led the men's swimming & diving team to its best finish at the Ivy League (formerly Eastern) Championships since 1974. At that meet, Fee finished second overall in the 500 and 1,000-yard freestyle events -- earning second-team All-Ivy in both events -- and also took third at the 1,650-yard free. Fee broke a 13-year-old school record in the 500 free in 2009; an 18-year-old mark in the 1,000 free in 2007; and an 18-year old record in the 1,650 free in 2007. He has since broken the 1,000 and 1,650 records two more times (most recently the 1,000 at this year's Ivy Championships). As such, he is one of just two swimmers who currently own three individual school records. Fee is also a part of the program's school-record 800-yard free relay squad.
Scotty Williams, meanwhile, has had a strong spring for the men's golf team, highlighted by his victory at the Ivy League Championships in April. Currently, he is competing at the NCAA East Regional being hosted by Yale. In addition to winning medalist honors at the Ivy Championships, Williams also placed second overall (behind teammate Chance Pipitone) at the Caves Valley Intercollegiate and was Penn's low scorer at the George Washington Invitational earlier this spring. A sophomore, Williams has a 74.5 stroke average over 20 tournament rounds this year, including a 73.1 average in 13 spring rounds that is highlighted by a scintillating 69 on Baltusrol during the Ivy Championships. Four of Williams' 13 rounds this spring have been at or below par.