MIAC student-athletes earn CoSIDA All-America honors

CoSIDA Academic All-America team

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Eleven student-athletes from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) have earned Academic All-America honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The Academic All-America Teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances in both athletics and the classroom. 

Gustavus women's tennis student-athlete Katie Aney (Jr., Rochester, Minn.) was named to the 17-member Second Team At-Large, which features student-athletes who participated in fencing, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, rowing, swimming, tennis, and water polo. Aney was one of five tennis players to garner selection and one of 12 women's Academic All-Americans to boast a 4.00 GPA. The Rochester, Minn. native earned MIAC All-Conference honors after posting a perfect 10-0 singles record in league play (24-3 overall) and a 9-0 mark in doubles (24-5 overall).

Saint Mary's Ben Buerkle (Sr., Roseville, Minn.) garnered Second Team honors in baseball for the first time in his career after being named to the Third Team each of the previous two seasons. Buerkle graduated in May with a 3.78 cumulative GPA and concluded his playing career as Saint Mary's all-time leader in hits (233), doubles (51), triples (13), runs (162), RBI (150), and games played (158).

Hamline University's Mary-Clare Couillard (Sr., Fridley, Minn.) earned First Team honors in softball for the first time in her career after being selected for Third Team as a sophomore and Second Team last spring. The Public Health Science and Psychology major graduated in May with a 4.00 GPA and finished her playing career as just the second Piper ever to record 200 hits.

Gustavus student-athlete Carston Dammann (Sr., Lake City, Minn.) was one of 15 Second Team selections in Men's Track & Field/Cross Country. Boasting a 3.96 GPA, Dammann has been a key member of the Gustavus cross country and track teams over the past four years. In addition to Academic All-America honors, Dammann also earned the MIAC Elite 22 Award, which recognizes the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the conference championships. 

Saint John's golfer Mack Farley (Sr., Lakeville, Minn.) was named First Team Academic All-America as an At-Large selection. He graduated summa cum laude in May as an accounting and economics double-major with a 3.96 GPA. On the course, he was a finalist for the 2017 Golf Coaches' Association of America (GCAA) Byron Nelson Award and a semifinalist for the 2017 Division III Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year.

Augsburg's Nate Flynn (Jr., Hastings, Minn.) also earned At-Large honors as a hockey player, being selected to the Second Team. The accounting and finance major maintains a 3.97 GPA and is coming off a second consecutive All-MIAC season on the ice. Flynn led the Auggies in scoring for the second straight year with 15 goals and 15 assists, including two power-play goals and three game-winning goals.

Saint Benedict's Allison Kosobud (Sr., Brainerd, Minn.) earned a spot on the Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Third Team, becoming the first CSB track and field student-athlete to receive Academic All-America honors since 1996. Kosobud graduated with a 3.90 GPA and wrapped up her four-year career at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in May where she finished 12th in the nation in the 800. She earned All-America honors at the indoor national meet after taking fifth in the 800.

Concordia's Matthew Lillehaugen (Sr., Moorhead, Minn.) finished his Cobber career by claiming Academic All-America honors for the second straight year. After earning Third Team recognition a year ago, Lillehaugen was selected to the Men's Track & Field/Cross Country First Team this year. Majoring in Political Science and Global Studies, Lillehaugen finished his four-year academic career with a perfect 4.00 GPA. He also had a stellar senior year athletically, breaking the school record in the 1,000-meters during the indoor track and field season.

Macalester College's Kimber Meyer (Sr., Naperville, Ill.) also earned back-to-back Academic All-America honors. The First Team selection in Women's Track & Field/Cross Country graduated with a 3.97 GPA and a degree in biology to go along with five All-America honors for her athletic achievement. She was awarded the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in recognition of her excellence in the classroom and in her sport and also received the MIAC Elite 22 Award in all three of her sports during the 2016-17 academic year. 

St. Thomas swimmer Emma Paulson (Sr., Wayzata, Minn.), a three-time NCAA champion, also repeated as an At-Large Academic All-American. She graduated in May with a cumulative GPA of 3.81 and one of the most decorated athletic careers in Tommie history, claiming 18 MIAC championships and 10 individual and relay program records.

Saint John's hockey student-athlete Daniel Tripicchio (Sr., Hudson, Wis.) earned Second Team At-Large honors, graduating egregia cum laude with a perfect 4.00 GPA. A MIAC Elite 22 Award winner, Tripicchio completed the 2016-17 hockey season with eight points from the blueline in 17 games.