Mustangs place four on Academic All-America Teams
Morningside College placed four student-athletes on the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-America College Division Men’s and Women’s At-Large Teams as selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The Mustangs’ Hannah Hecht, Josh Karel, and Cameron Oakley were all named first-team Academic All-Americans, while Audri Swisher was named to the Academic All-America Second Team. Karel and Oakley were both named to the Academic All-America First Team for the second year in a row.
Hecht, a junior from Lansing, Kan., is a member of Morningside’s women’s swimming team. She has a 3.97 cumulative grade point average (GPA) with a major in English. Hecht was a NAIA national qualifier in the 100 and 200-yard backstrokes and the 200-yard individual medley during the 2013-14 season. Hecht is a part of the Mustangs’ school-record holding relay team in the 200-yard medley relay.
Karel, a junior from Lincoln, Neb., is a member of the Mustangs’ men’s swimming team. He has a 3.99 cumulative GPA with a major in Spanish teaching. Karel is the Morningside record holder in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:15.55 and a member of the school-record holding 400-yard medley relay team.
Oakley, a senior from Sioux City, is a member of the Morningside women’s golf team. She has a perfect 4.00 GPA with majors in political science and English. Aside from earning first-team Academic All-America honors as a junior and senior, Oakley was a second-team selection as a sophomore. Oakley, a four-time All-Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) selection, had a 91.1-stroke scoring average over the 2013 fall and 2014 spring seasons.
Swisher, a junior from Spearfish, S.D., is a member of the Mustangs’ women’s tennis team. She has a perfect 4.00 cumulative GPA with majors in biology and chemistry. Swisher had a 12-5 record in singles and a 12-8 record in doubles this past season. She has a school-record 69 combined victories in singles and doubles during her Morningside career.
Student-athletes must be of at least sophomore academic status and have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher to be eligible for Capital One Academic honors.
Click here for the complete 2013-14 Academic All-America College Division Men's and Women's At-large Teams.