Four student-athletes from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) were named Google Cloud At-Large Academic All-Americans as recently announced by CoSIDA.
CoSIDA recognizes student-athletes from each of the four NCAA divisions for their combined athletic and academic performance. The honor is one of the most prestigious in collegiate athletics. Nominees must have at least a 3.3 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, have reached sophomore status athletically and have been at the nominating institution at least one calendar year.
Caltech men's tennis players James Wei and Varun Shanker were tabbed Academic All-Americans on the men's side, while Chapman women's lacrosse player Danielle Zahn and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) women's tennis player Nicole Tan earned the prestigious award on the women's side.
Shanker and Wei took care of business on and off the court this past season, beginning with a victory in the ITA Regional Doubles Championship in September and a fourth-place finish at the ITA Cup in October before Shanker rose to national singles prominence in the spring, finishing 10th in the ITA's end-of-year Division III singles rankings. Both players recently earned ITA All-America recognition for the second time in as many years and were also named First Team All-SCIAC honorees.
Through four years at Chapman, Zahn finished her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a 4.0 GPA. She was one of 18 selections on the three Division III At-Large teams to achieve a 4.0 GPA – 12 of which were seniors or graduate students. While dominating in the classroom, she was also a three-time All-SCIAC selection and an IWLCA All-West Region selection in 2019. Zahn holds the school records for draw controls and ground balls and demolished the single season school record with 81 draw controls this season. She broke seven different school records over her four years as a Panther and ended her career with the second-most goals in program history.
Tan, a neuroscience major at Claremont McKenna with a 3.81 GPA, ended this season by reaching the national championship matches in both the team competition and the individual doubles competition. She helped the Athenas to a 27-2 record and a No. 2 final national ranking, after CMS reached the NCAA finals with wins over Carnegie Mellon and Middlebury in the quarterfinals and semifinals, before dropping a tight 5-4 championship match to Wesleyan. Tan was then was part of an all-CMS NCAA doubles championship on May 26, when she and freshmen doubles partner Sarah Bahsoun made the NCAA field as an alternate, and then advanced all the way to the final round before falling to teammates Catherine Allen and Caroline Cox in the championship. Tan and Bahsoun, who played No. 2 doubles for the Athenas this season, defeated the No. 1 doubles teams from Wesleyan and Middlebury to reach the final match, where they played a three-setter against Cox and Allen, the No. 1 doubles team for CMS.