Stern Named to Prestigious Academic All-America Team
Contact: Justin Long
AMHERST, MA – Former Amherst College swimming sensation Kendra Stern ’11 has been named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America Women’s At-Large First Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) today.
An Academic All-America Second Team selection a year ago, Stern becomes the first two-time honoree in school history. She is only the sixth Lord Jeff to earn First Team recognition since CoSIDA introduced the Academic All-America program in 1952.
Of this year’s 45 Academic All-America selections, Stern is one of only three NESCAC honorees and is the conference’s lone representative on the First Team. She joins an elite group of the country’s most successful student-athletes, as the members of the First Team boast an average GPA of 3.95.
Stern graduated from Amherst this year with an A-minus average as a double major in Spanish and art history. In her senior season alone 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.
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.
Stern is one of only 11 finalists for the Division III Athlete of the Year award, as part of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards program. She has also been nominated for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year award, which honors excellence and leadership in academics, athletics and community service.
A complete list of this year's Academic All-America honorees can be found on the CoSIDA website.
|Year||Amherst Student-Athlete||Sport||Academic All-America Team|
|1982||Robb Caserio||Men's Basketball||Honorable Mention|
|1982||Dave Strand||Men's Basketball||Honorable Mention|
|1986||John Tucci||Football||First Team|
|1997||Stephen Carr||Men's Lacrosse||Third Team|
|1998||Greg Berchelmann||Baseball||Third Team|
|1998||Todd Nichols||Men's Lacrosse||Third Team|
|1998||Ellie Hickerson||Women's Soccer||Third Team|
|2001||Cathy Poor||Women's Soccer||First Team|
|2003||Fletcher Ladd||Football||Second Team|
|2003||Paul Whiting||Football||First Team|
|2004||Michael Pohorylo||Men's Swimming||Third Team|
|2004||Liz Martin||Women's Lacrosse||First Team|
|2005||Ashley Harmeling||Women's Lacrosse||Second Team|
|2005||Carter Hamill||Women's XC/Track & Field||Second Team|
|2008||Neal Allar||Baseball||Third Team|
|2008||Alanna Darling||Women's Soccer||Second Team|
|2009||Kai Robinson||Men's Diving||Third Team|
|2009||Elise Tropiano||Women's XC/Track & Field||Second Team|
|2010||Tad Homchick||Men's Swimming||Third Team|
|2010||Kirsten Dier||Women's Ice Hockey||First Team|
|2010||Kendra Stern||Women's Swimming||Second Team|
|2010||Brittany Berckes||Women's Tennis||Third Team|
|2010||Lennard Kovacs||Men's Soccer||Second Team|
|2011||Kendra Stern||Women's Swimming||First Team|