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Kendra Stern '11 Once Again Earns Academic All-District Honors

Kendra Stern '11 has a chance to become the first student in school history to earn two Academic All-America honors.

Contact: Justin Long

AMHERST, MA – Amherst College swimmer Kendra Stern ’11 (Albuquerque, NM) has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District Women’s At-Large First Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced yesterday.

CoSIDA’s Academic All-America program has been honoring the country’s most accomplished student-athletes since 1952. To be nominated, students must have outstanding athletic credentials while maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30.

Of the 32 women selected to the Academic All-District First, Second or Third teams from District 1, only five hail from the NESCAC. Stern’s second consecutive selection to the First Team now makes her eligible for the Academic All-America Team, which will be announced Thursday, June 9.

Stern’s résumé made her an obvious choice for the Academic All-District First Team. During her senior season she won three national titles, qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials, was named the NCAA Division III Swimmer of the Year, and became the second woman to earn three NESCAC Swimmer of the Year honors. Stern will graduate this Sunday as a double major in Spanish and art history with an A-minus average.

A 10-time NCAA individual champion, Stern was named National Swimmer of the Week eight times during her career. She holds three national records, six NESCAC records and 10 Amherst records, finishing her collegiate career undefeated in 100- and 200-yard freestyle races.

Only 23 students in Amherst history have earned Academic All-America recognition, but Stern has a chance to become the Lord Jeffs’ first-ever two-time honoree. A complete list of this year’s Academic All-District winners can be found on the CoSIDA website.