Four Mustangs named to Academic All-America Teams

Jun 08, 2015 • Athletics

Josh Karel

Hannah Hecht

Four Morningside athletes were named to the 2014-15 Capital One College Division Academic All-America Men’s and Women’s At-Large Teams as selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Hannah Hecht, Josh Karel, and Audri Swisher were all named first-team Academic All-Americans, while Megan Carlson was named a second-team Academic All-American. Hecht and Karel earned first-team Academic All-America honors for the second year in a row. Karel also earned second-team honors as a sophomore to make him a three-time Academic All-American.

Hecht, a senior women’s swimmer from Lansing, Kan., has a 3.97 cumulative grade point average (GPA) with a major in English. Hecht helped the Mustangs place 16th in the 800-yard freestyle relay at this year’s NAIA Swimming & Diving National Championships and was also a national qualifier in the 200-yard backstroke.

Karel, a senior men’s swimmer from Lincoln, Neb., has a 3.97 cumulative GPA with a major in Spanish teaching. Karel was Morningside’s 2015 male recipient of the Robert “Bob” Miller Academic Student-Athlete of the Year Award. He set a school record in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:12.97 and helped the Mustangs set a school record in the 400-yard medley relay at this year’s NAIA Swimming & Diving National Championships.

Audri Swisher

Megan Carlson

Swisher, a senior women’s tennis player from Spearfish, S.D., was a second-team Academic All-American last year. Swisher, who has a 4.00 cumulative GPA with majors in biology and chemistry, was Morningside’s 2015 female recipient of the Robert “Bob” Miller Academic Student-Athlete of the Year Award. Swisher had a 9-7 record at No. 2 singles this past season. She set school records with 47 career doubles victories and 87 career combined singles and doubles wins.

Carlson, a sophomore women’s tennis player from Cherokee, Iowa, has a 4.00 cumulative GPA with majors in biology and chemistry. Carlson had a 17-3 record at No. 5 singles this season for the second highest singles victory total in Morningside history. She had an 18-6 record at No. 3 doubles to tie a school record for doubles wins in a season.

Athletes must be of at least sophomore academic status, be a starter or significant reserve, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher to be eligible for Capital One Academic All-America honors.

Click here for the complete 2014-15 Capital One College Division Academic All-America Men's and Women's At-large Teams.