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Tad Homchick '10 Selected to Academic All-America Team


AMHERST, MA – Amherst College’s Tad Homchick ’10 (Mercer Island, WA) has been named to the 2010 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Men’s At-Large Third Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced today. Homchick graduated from Amherst this past May with a degree in economics.

The 45 student-athletes named to this year’s Academic All-America First, Second or Third Team for the College Division boast an average GPA of 3.87. Homchick is one of only eight students from the Northeast District to earn All-America recognition, joining wrestler Jacob Gire ’10 of Trinity College (Third Team) as the only NESCAC representatives.

Homchick becomes only the 19th Amherst College student-athlete named to a CoSIDA Academic All-America Team, an honor that has been awarded annually since 1952. He joins Amherst’s Michael Pohorylo ’04 (Third Team) as the only male NESCAC swimmers to have ever earned Academic All-America recognition.

Homchick played a significant role in leading the Amherst men’s swimming and diving team to the three best NCAA Championship finishes in program history. After the Lord Jeffs placed 10th at nationals in 2008, they rounded out the top five in 2009 and 2010. Homchick earned All-America honors in each of those years thanks to a trio of dominant performances in the 400-yard freestyle relay, as well as a solid showing in this year’s 400-yard medley relay.

A three-time NESCAC champion and eight-time All-NESCAC honoree, Homchick helped the Jeffs win the conference title in the 400 free relay in 2008 and 2009, as well as the 200 free relay in 2008. He is part of the group that holds the 400 medley relay NESCAC record, also boasting team records in the 50-yard freestyle, 200 free relay and 400 free relay. Homchick was named to the conference’s All-Academic Team as a junior and senior.

A complete list of this year’s Academic All-America honorees will be made available on the CoSIDA website. The 2010 Academic All-America Women’s At-Large Teams will be announced Thursday, June 10.

YearAmherst Student-AthleteSportAcademic All-America Team
1982Robb CaserioMen's BasketballHonorable Mention
1982Dave StrandMen's BasketballHonorable Mention
1986John TucciFootballFirst Team
1997Stephen CarrMen's At-Large (Lacrosse)Third Team
1998Greg BerchelmannBaseballThird Team
1998Todd NicholsMen's At-Large (Lacrosse)Third Team
1998Ellie HickersonWomen's At-Large (Soccer)Third Team
2001Cathy PoorWomen's SoccerFirst Team
2003Fletcher LaddFootballSecond Team
2003Paul WhitingFootballFirst Team
2004Michael PohoryloMen's At-Large (Swimming)Third Team
2004Liz MartinWomen's At-Large (Lacrosse)First Team
2005Ashley HarmelingWomen's At-Large (Lacrosse)Second Team
2005Carter HamillWomen's XC/Track and FieldSecond Team
2008Neal AllarBaseballThird Team
2008Alanna DarlingWomen's SoccerSecond Team
2009Kai RobinsonMen's At-Large (Diving)Third Team
2009Elise TropianoWomen's XC/Track and FieldSecond Team
2010Tad HomchickMen's At-Large (Swimming)Third Team