GAMBIER — There were a dozen spots on the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-District VII Women’s At-Large Team, as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Three of those spots were occupied by Kenyon College swimmers.
Thursday, senior Julia Wilson, as well as juniors Hannah Orbach-Mandel and Abby Wilson, were named members of the Academic All-District VII first team, which qualifies all three for next week’s voting on Academic All-America consideration.
In addition to swimming, the Academic All-District At-Large Team included nominees from the sports of fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, tennis, volleyball, as well as several others. To meet the eligibility requirements, a nominee had to be at least of sophomore standing and had to possess at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average.
The Academic All-District VII team included student-athletes from all NCAA Division III institutions in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.
Julia Wilson, a breaststroke specialist, was a four-time NCAA Championship qualifier and won her first national title this past season as a part of the Ladies’ 400-medley relay team. She swam in five events at this year’s championship meet, held in Indianapolis, Indiana, and finished no worse than eighth place. Those results gave her five NCAA All-America awards for the season and 16 for her career with the Ladies program.
Wilson, who was a CoSIDA Academic All-America first-team honoree last year, holds both the Kenyon and North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) records for the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events. She was a 2016 Olympic Trials qualifier and recently was selected as an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winner. She graduated recently with a degree in psychology.
Orbach-Mandel, a freestyle specialist and three-time NCAA qualifier, also captured her first national event title as a part of that same Kenyon 400-yard medley relay team. Overall, she swam in seven events at the 2018 national championship and finished top-five in six of them. She collected seven NCAA All-America awards for the year and now has 18 for her career.
A double-major in economics and mathematics, Orbach-Mandel will soon be a three-time College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American. Additionally, she was voted, for the second time in as many years, winner of the team’s 2018 Shawn M. Kelly Memorial Award, presented to the swimmer who inspired through performances as a member of relay teams.
Abby Wilson, who competes in many of the same events as Orbach-Mandel, is a three-year NCAA qualifier and owns 14 career NCAA All-America certificates. This past season, she was NCAA runner-up in the 200- and 800-yard relays and claimed an individual eighth-place showing in the 200-yard freestyle.
This is Wilson’s second straight appearance on the Academic All-District VII Team. She holds a pair of Kenyon relay records and won three titles at the 2018 NCAC Championship. The molecular biology major owns 11 career All-NCAC awards and is on the doorstep to her third straight CSCAA Scholar All-America recognition.
Throughout the 2017-18 campaign, the trio helped steer the Ladies to the 2018 NCAC title, as well as a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championship.