Four Atlantic 10 Student-Athletes Earn Academic All-America Honors

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Davidson's Nathan Tenpas (Men's Golf) and Riley League (Men's Swimming & Diving), George Mason’s Nicole Van Oort (Rowing) and Fordham’s Nele Albers (Women's Swimming & Diving), have been selected to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Division I At-Large teams, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The All-America teams, selected by CoSIDA, recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field/course and in the classroom in select sports.

A native of Chevy Chase, Md., Tenpas has received a number of academic awards during his four-year career, including the 2018 William Gillespie McGavock Mathematics Award, the 2016 William D. Vinson Mathematics Award, and 2015 Alumni Association Award, given annually for the top-academic average during the first-year of study.    In addition to being tied for the best GPA in the Class of 2018 with League, Tenpas is one of eight seniors a part of Phi Beta Kappa.   On the course, Tenpas worked his way into the lineup late last season after battling an injury as a freshman and sophomore. In 10 career events, he posted a 77.82 career stroke average, highlighted by an even-par 71 at the Marshall Invitational. A member of the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll all four years, Tenpas was voted to the league's All-Academic team in May.   Davidson won the 2018 Atlantic 10 Men's Golf Championship, the program's first league title in 50 years.

A product of Rock Hill, S.C., League was one of six swimmers named to the 2018 Academic All-America squad. A double major in economics and philosophy, he was a finalist in three individual events at the 2018 Atlantic 10 Championships, setting a new program record in the 100 breast (55.12). League served as a two-year captain and ranks second in school history in the 200 fly and third in the 200 IM.   A 2017 Academic All-District selection, League was a Bryan Scholar and also devoted time as a research fellow at the Vann Center for Economics and as a teaching assistant in the Davidson Economics Department. He was also recently named the 2018 Thomas D. Sparrow award winner, given to the top Davidson male athlete focusing on academics, leadership, and athletic success.  Another four-year member of the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll, League is a three-time All-Academic team selection and will be continuing his education this fall, pursuing a doctorate degree in Economics at Duke University. 

No less than 38 of the 45 members of the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Division I Men's At-Large Team have at least a 3.90 GPA, with 27 student-athletes maintaining a 4.00 GPA (or better) as either undergraduate or graduate students. The 17 members of the first team (which was expanded due to ties in the voting) have an average GPA of 4.01.

Albers becomes the 33rd Fordham student-athlete and first swimmer to earn Academic All-America honors, and the first At-Large selection since Nicole Arrato in 2015.  It is also the fifth consecutive academic year that Fordham has had at least one Academic All-American.  

On the women's side, 41 of the 45 members of the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division I Women's At-Large Team achieved at least a 3.90 GPA, with 35 student-athletes compiling a 4.00 GPA (or better) during their undergraduate and/or graduate careers.

Albers, of Ludinghausen, Germany, just graduated from Fordham with 4.00 GPA and a degree in computer science with a minor in Mathematics.  After transferring from Marshall University, she has spent the last two seasons with the Fordham swimming & diving team, competing in the breaststroke and individual medley events, and setting the school record in the 200 breaststroke event.   A two-year member of the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll, Albers was named to the 2018 Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference team after scoring in two events at the 2018 Atlantic 10 Championship.  She finished seventh in the 200 breaststroke (2:18.92), while grabbing 12th in the 400 IM (4:27.51).  She also helped the 400 medley relay team score at the championship, taking fifth overall (3:45.01). Van Oort is the first female student-athlete ever at George Mason University to earn Google Cloud First Team Academic All-America honors.  

The award caps an extraordinary career for Van Oort, who graduated in May as one of the most decorated student-athletes in school history. A two-time Google Cloud Academic All-District pick, Van Oort now becomes just the 12th student-athlete in Patriot annals to earn Academic All-America honors. Van Oort joins Art Kulans (2002, Men's Volleyball), Chris Looze (2005, Baseball) and Richard Edgar (2009, Men's Soccer) as the only student-athletes from Mason named to an Academic All-America First Team. A three-time George Mason Provost Scholar and two-time Atlantic 10 All-Academic selection, Van Oort graduated in May with a 4.0 GPA and a degree in mathematics. As a senior, Van Oort did the nearly unthinkable by rowing as a lightweight in Mason's heavyweight Varsity 8+. She managed the important bow position and led the Patriots to their best ever A-10 finish in May. During her sophomore and junior seasons, Van Oort led the Second Varsity 8+ to a pair of A-10 petite final gold medals and served in the stroke position. This past May, Van Oort also partnered with teammate Emily Holt to earn a bronze medal in the Women's Pair race at the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia. 


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