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Seven Named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans
June 08, 2017
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The 2017 Academic All-America Division I Men's and Women's At-Large Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) have been announced. The list includes Blair Shankle (Baylor), Clay Ream (North Dakota State), Madisyn Cox (Texas), P.J. Dunne (Texas), Amelie Currat (West Virginia), Elizabeth Gratz (West Virginia) and Ginnie Thrasher (West Virginia) as Academic All-America selections.

Tennis standout Shankle capped off her senior year at Baylor by taking the league's automatic qualifier spot and No. 5 overall seed in the 2017 NCAA Tennis Championship. Shankle adds CoSIDA's At-Large team honors to her national award resume after also being named to the CoSIDA's Academic All-District team and earning the ITA's Most Improved Senior Award earlier this year. She also received first team singles and doubles All-Big 12 awards for her performance this season.

Cox helped the Longhorns women's swimming and diving team to a Big 12 Championship title. At the NCAA championship, she earned program and league records with a time of 4:00.97 in the 400 individual medley. Cox also helped set program and league records in the 400 and 800 freestyle relay.

Longhorn P.J. Dunne was a member of the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship and 2017 NCAA men's swimming and diving national championship team. At the Big 12 Championship, Dunne recorded a fourth place finish in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:37.96. The Biochemistry, pre-med major earned first team Academic All-America honors and earned recognition as the 2017 Big 12 Men's Swimming and Diving Scholar Athlete of the Year..

Currat recorded third team honors with a 4.00 GPA. At the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship, the junior helped the 400 yard medley relay team to a third place finish with a time of 3:40.65. Currat also was named 2017 Big 12 Women's Swimming and Diving Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Ream becomes the second NDSU wrestler to receive CoSIDA Academic All-America® honors joining Steve Anderson, who was named to the men's at-large college division first team in 1986. Ream completed in his third NCAA Championship and is 3-6 overall in NCAA competition. Ream compiled a 24-6 record this season including a second place finish at the Big 12 Championship. He has a 71-38 record including 31-10 in duals with 15 pins.

West Virginia rifle dup, Gratz and Thrasher recorded first and second team All-America accolades, respectively. Gratz produces her second consecutive honor, after earning third team recognition in 2016. Thrasher, the 2016 Olympic gold medalist, is a sophomore in biomedical engineering with a second team 3.84 GPA selection. The two were members of the 2017 national championship team.

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