Three 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, Lizzy Linsmayer ’14 and Rachel Tannenbaum ’15 to the Captial 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 3.
Picking up his second-consecutive academic all-district award, Fritz has pieced together a tremendous senior season. The top-ranked singles player in the ITA’s Northeast Region, the Jeff captain has amassed an 18-5 record at first singles entering this week’s NCAA Championships in Claremont, Calif. Receiving an invitation to play in the individual singles tournament in each of the past two years, Fritz sports a 61-22 career singles record, having enjoyed a season-best eight-match win streak from Mar. 22-Apr. 19.
Also a member of the top-ranked doubles pairing in the region, Fritz has racked up an 18-5 first doubles record with teammate Justin Reindel ’14. Together, the duo won 15 of their last 16 matches heading into the national quarterfinals. The conference’s Player of the Year, the asian languages and civilizations major has also garnered NESCAC all-academic honors.
Earning a spot on her second-straight academic all-district team, Linsmayer closed out her career with another impressive campaign, finishing second in the 3-meter board (486.25) at the 2014 NCAA Championships while taking third in the 1-meter (443.50). Also excelling at the conference meet, she captured the 1-meter title (465.25) and placed third in the 3-meter event.
The program’s recordholder in both the 1 and 3-meter dive, Linsmayer is a six-time All-America performer, finishing as the runner-up in the 1-meter and third in the 3-meter as a junior. The league’s Diver of the Year in 2013, the geology major is also an academic All-NESCAC selection.
A two-time academic all-district honoree, Tannenbaum went 12-3 in 15 appearances for the Jeffs this season. Logging 998:56 minutes in net, she surrendered the fourth-fewest goals in the NESCAC (19) in 2013. Making a season-high 14 saves against eventual national champion Bowdoin, Tannenbaum posted a 1.71 goals-against average and .782 save percentage.
A second-team NFHCA All-Region and All-NESCAC selection, Tannenbaum burst onto the scene as a rookie, leading the nation in save percentage (.901) en route to one of two first-team all-conference laurels. A psychology major, she has also earned praise on the conference’s all-academic squad on two occasions.