COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) selected its All-American teams for the 2019-20 season. Due to the cancellation of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, the CSCAA Board adjusted the selection criteria for each Division.
Nova Southeastern had a total of 19 swimmers receive All-America honors, including 10 men and nine women. The Sharks swimmers include Solana Capalbo, Laurel Fink, Caily Friel, Jenna Johns, Sasha Maslova, Amilia Nusbaum, Emma Sundstedt, Hannah Trieschmann, and Cassandra Wright on the women’s side, while Aleksei Averchenko, Samuel Brettmann, Alec Dawson, Martin Hemminghyth, Spencer Hohm, Vincent Lijoi, Matteo Masiero, Magnus Poulsen, Robert Spekis and Alessandro Xella represented the men.
“This is an exciting honor for our team who sadly had its championship cut short,” acknowledged head coach Ben Hewitt. “It was a honor to be with them at this year’s NCAA meet and lead them to what was an excellent performance at the time. I’m particular happy to see CSCAA recognize all the hard work that went the season and extend All-American Honors to our entire NCAA team. A part of me will always carry with it the 2020 NCAA team and I’m delighted to see that their efforts will be etched in NCAA and NSU history.”
The result was an unprecedented number of selections in what is largely acknowledged as unprecedented circumstances. Greg Earhart, Executive Director explained that the Board of Directors sought to not penalize any student-athlete who had not had the opportunity to compete for a spot on the All-American team. “Our sport is replete with previously-unheralded swimmers and divers who have gone on not just to All-America honors, but also to national championships and Olympic Team spots.”
This isn’t the first time the association adjusted All-America criteria. The first CSCAA All-America team was published in 1924, thirteen years before the first men’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship. The first women’s All-America team was published in 1975, seven years prior to the first NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship. During much of that time, the team was selected by a panel of coaches. In 1985 the honor was standardized around the NCAA Championships with the top eight finalists receiving first-team recognition and consolation finalists being named Honorable Mention.
Below are the events for each NSU All-American:
Solana Capalbo – (200 Free Relay (HM), 800 Free Relay)
Laurel Fink – (800 Free Relay)
Caily Friel – (100 Breast, 200 Breast, 200 Med Relay, 400 Med Relay)
Jenna Johns – (100 Free, 100 Back, 200 Free Relay (HM), 400 Free Relay, 200 Med Relay, 400 Med Relay)
Sasha Maslova – (100 Fly (HM), 200 Fly, 200 IM (HM), 400 IM (HM), 800 Free Relay, 200 Med Relay, 400 Med Relay)
Amilia Nusbaum – (400 Free Relay)
Emma Sundstedt – (500 Free, 1000 Free, 1650 Free, 400 Free Relay, 800 Free Relay)
Hannah Trieschmann – (200 Free Relay (HM))
Cassandra Wright – (100 Back, 200 Back, 200 Fr Rel (HM), 400 Free Relay, 200 Med Relay, 400 Med Relay)
Aleksei Averchenko – (200 Back, 100 Fly, 200 IM, 200 Free Relay (HM), 400 Free Relay, 400 Med Relay)
Samuel Brettmann – (100 Breast, 200 Breast, 200 IM, 400 IM, 800 Free Relay, 200 Med Relay, 400 Med Relay)
Alec Dawson – (100 Free, 200 Free Relay (HM), 400 Free Relay, 800 Free Relay, 200 Med Relay)
Martin Hemminghyth – (200 Free Relay (HM), 400 Free Relay, 200 Med Relay, 400 Med Relay)
Spencer Hohm – (200 Fly, 400 IM (HM))
Vincent Lijoi – (200 Free (HM), 500 Free, 1000 Free, 800 Free Relay)
Matteo Masiero – (100 Fly (HM), 400 Med Relay)
Magnus Poulsen – (100 Fly, 200 Free Relay (HM), 400 Free Relay, 800 Free Relay, 200 Med Relay)
Robert Spekis – (100 Breast)
Alessandro Xella – (400 IM (HM))
2020 Selection Criteria:
• Division I – All Relays Achieving ‘A” Standards, individuals selected to the NCAA Championships, and divers entered in uncontested events from the Zone C Diving Qualification meet are named All-American.
• Division II – In contested events, the top eight finalists are named to the first team while the consolation finalists were named Honorable Mention. In events that were not contested, individual and relay qualifiers selected for the championship are named All-American.
• Division III – Individuals and relays selected to the NCAA Championship are named All-American.
• NAIA – Individuals Finishing 1-8th and Relays Finishing 1-4th are named All-American. Relays finishing 5-8th are named Honorable Mention.
• NJCAA – Individuals finishing 1-8th and relays finishing 1-4th are named All-American
• All – Teams must be current CSCAA Members
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, Inc. (CSCAA), is the nation’s first professional coaching association for intercollegiate athletics. Presently, the CSCAA boasts more than 2,000 member coaches and assistant coaches, recognizes All-American swimmers and divers, NCAA record-breakers and Scholar All-America athletes and teams as well as outstanding coaches and contributors, and helps oversee the welfare of collegiate swimming and diving.
To view the full CSCAA release, CLICK HERE.