Thirteen Student-Athletes Named Strength & Conditioning All-Americans

April 29, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Thirteen student-athletes from the University of Michigan were named All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) on April 2.

"It is an honor to recognize the relentless dedication to strength and conditioning that these student-athletes have demonstrated during the academic year," said Mike Favre, the Director of Olympic Sports Strength and Conditioning at the University of Michigan. "The day-to-day commitment to their physical development is a testament to the character that is the foundation of all our sport programs here at the University of Michigan."

This is the fifth year that student-athletes from Michigan have received the award. The program recognizes collegiate athletes whose athletic accomplishments, in the opinion of the strength coach, reflect their dedication to strength training and conditioning. These athletes are also recognized for their academic and personal accomplishments as well as their integrity as student-athletes.

2014 U-M NSCA All-American Athletes of the Year
Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa), 5th Sr., Baseball
Mac Bennett (Narragansett, R.I./John F. Kennedy), Sr., Ice Hockey
Patrick Cochran (Eric, Pa./McDowell), Sr., Men's Track & Field
Jeff Chu (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga), Sr., Men's Lacrosse
Derek DeBlois (Narragansett, R.I./John F. Kennedy), Sr., Ice Hockey
Val Driscoll (Stoughton, Mass./Archbishop Williams), Sr., Women's Basketball
Tori McCombs (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry), Sr., Women's Soccer
Codie Nolan (Adrian, Mich./Adrian), Jr., Men's Track & Field
Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central), So., Men's Basketball
Nicole Sappingfield (Norco, Calif./Norco), Sr., Softball
Kiley Tobel (Commerce Township, Mich./Walled Lake Western), 5th Sr., Women's Track & Field
John Wojciechowski (Scottsdale, Ariz./Phoenix Brophy Prep), Sr., Men's Swimming & Diving
Reema Zakharia (Miami, Fla./Coral Gables Senior High), Sr., Women's Gymnastics

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