Four Jeffs Named Academic All-District

Contact: Ben Badua

AMHERST, Mass. - The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) recently announced the selections of Amherst student-athletes Joey Fritz ’14, Connor Sholtis ’15, Lizzy Linsmayer ’14 and Rachel Tannenbaum ’15 to the Capital One At-Large Academic All-District first team.

Men’s and women’s at-large honorees are drawn from a pool of 25 intercollegiate sports not already included in CoSIDA’s 10 other academic All-America programs. In order to be eligible, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30 and have significant athletic credentials. First team honorees across eight districts are automatically considered for the Capital One Academic All-America team, which will be announced on Tuesday, June 4.

Two of 12 District I first team awardees on the men’s side, Fritz and Sholtis joined Bates tennis player Matt Bettles ’13 as the NESCAC’s lone representatives. Linsmayer and Tannenbaum were two of three league players selected to the 10-member District I women’s team alongside Williams skier Gordie Lonza ’13.

The top-ranked singles player in the ITA’s northeast region, Fritz has posted a 11-3 record in 2012-13, helping the Jeffs to a No. 3 ranking. Playing in the middle of the Jeff lineup his first two seasons, he has flourished at the top of the order, winning six straight matches during a three-week stretch in April before falling to NESCAC Player of the Year Trey Meyer ’13 in the league championship.

Earning an invitation to the NCAA’s individual singles tournament, Fritz is a two-time NESCAC all-academic honoree with a 43-17 career singles mark. An asian languages & civilizations and french double major, Fritz also garnered ITA Scholar Athlete accolades last season.

The NESCAC champion in the 100 free (45.42) and runner-up in 200 free (1:39.93), Sholtis earned a pair of All-America finishes at nationals, placing fourth in the 200 (1:38.28) and sixth in the 100 (44.70). Garnering six all-league citations at this year’s league championship, he also earned six all-NESCAC honors as a first year, while competing in four relays during the 2012 NCAA Championships. A biology major, Sholtis picked up CSCAA Scholar All-America and NESCAC All-Academic honors as a rookie.

Putting together a tremendous junior season, Linsmayer holds the program’s diving records in both the 1-meter (478.45) and 3-meter (500.10) events. A four-time All-America diver, she placed second in the 1-meter (458.85) and third in the 3-meter (468.85) at this year’s NCAA Championships.

The Diver of the Meet at the NESCAC meet, she helped Amherst unseat Williams’ 12-year run atop the leader board, allowing the Jeffs to become the first program in meet history other than the Ephs to claim the conference title. As a sophomore, the two-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree and five time all-league performer placed seventh in the 1-meter and sixth in the 3-meter at nationals.

A first team All-NESCAC and All-Region selection, Tannenbaum posted a 11-5 record in 2012 with four shutouts. Registering a .826 save percentage and 1.25 goals-against average in 16 games played, the sophomore psychology major also received recognition on the NFHCA national academic squad and the all-NESCAC academic team. Bursting onto the scene as a first-year, she led the NCAA in save percentage (.901) en route to second-team All-America honors. This year, Tannenbaum ranked second in the NESCAC and ninth nationally in save percentage.