May 20, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Five University of Michigan student-athletes were recognized for their academic achievements by the College Sports Information Directors of America's (CoSIDA) Academic All-America program on Thursday (May 20). Swimming senior captain Andre Schultz (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Colegio Palmares) and four gymnasts, senior Kent Caldwell (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin), junior Ian Makowske (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow), senior Sarah Curtis (Reno, Nev./Reno) and senior Kelsey Knutson (Ames, Iowa/Ames), were all named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV At-Large second team.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale), and they must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's events.
A three-time All-American and two-time Big Ten Conference champion in 2010, Schultz is a mathematical science major. At this year's NCAA Championships, he finished sixth in the 200-yard individual medley and seventh in the 400 individual medley. He also helped U-M to a fifth-place finish in the 800 freestyle relay, and claimed All-America honorable mention in the 200 backstroke with a 10th-place showing. In four years at U-M, Schultz has earned a total of 10 All-America honors and four Big Ten titles, leading Michigan to the 2008 and 2009 Big Ten team titles and four straight top-seven NCAA finishes.
The 2010 NCAA champion men's gymnastics team features a pair of academic all-district second team selections. Makowske, the NCAA high bar runner-up this season, is majoring in English. A fifth-year senior, Caldwell earned All-America on the floor exercise (7th) and vault (tie-6th). A double major in art and design and brain, behavior and cognitive science, Caldwell was also one of just 10 students at the university recognized as a Michigan Daily Student of the Year. The pair helped lead U-M to the 2009 Big Ten team title, an NCAA runner-up finish in 2009 and this year's national championship.
The four-time defending Big Ten champion women's gymnastics team also features a pair of academic all-district second team honorees. A biology major, Curtis earned second-team All-America in the all-around in 2010. She was also an All-Big Ten first team selection, finishing runner-up in the all-around, and on vault, beam and floor at the Big Ten Championships. Curtis is a three-time All-Big Ten first team pick, three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2008, '09, '10) and three-time U-M Co-Most Valuable Performer (2008, '09, '10). Meanwhile, Knutson, a political science and communications major, was an All-American on balance beam in 2010 and finished runner-up at the Big Ten Championship in the same event. She is a two-time All-Big Ten second team selection (2008, '10), and has been named Academic All-Big Ten three times (2008, '09, '10). The 2009 and 2010 team captain, Knutson earned U-M's Leadership Award this season.
The at-large team includes student-athletes from 25 varsity athletic programs, 13 of which U-M sponsors: women's rowing, field hockey, men's and women's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's ice hockey, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, women's water polo and wrestling.
Contact: Barbara Cossman (734) 763-4423