Philadelphia - University of Pennsylvania junior Jimmy Fairbanks, a member of the men’s tennis team, was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District II At-Large First Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Fairbanks, a native of Hilton Head, S.C., participated in 17 of the Quakers’ 22 matches last season. He had an 11-9 overall singles record, including a 10-7 mark during the spring campaign. He also opened the spring season with a 5-1 mark, including wins over Rutgers and New Mexico. In the fall, he advanced to the round of 16 at the Penn Classic. As a doubles player, Fairbanks teamed with Justin Lavner for a 2-1 record in spring play.
“This is a great honor both for Jimmy and for Penn Athletics,” said Head Coach Mark Riley. “He is the consummate student-athlete; exactly what we look for here at Penn. Jimmy’s excellence, both on and off the court, has been a great asset to the team.”
CoSIDA's District II covers Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. To be eligible, an athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 on a scale of 4.00. He must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at the institution and must have completed at least one full academic year at the institution. Sports information directors nominate eligible athletes from their schools who are named to district teams prior to being voted upon on the national level. CoSIDA has been selecting Academic All-America teams since 1952.
Written by Jennifer Hildebrand, athletic communications assistant