Denison University swimmers, Cambell Costley, Carolyn Kane, Jack Lindell and Jason Wesseling were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® At-Large teams. Costley, Lindell and Kane received first-team honors while Wesseling was named to the second-team. All four are repeating Academic All-America® selections while Costley is a winner for the third time in her career. This runs Denison's total of Academic All-Americans® to 86 which ranks among the leaders in Division III.
Student-athletes are only eligible for Academic All-America® in their sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Costley is the sixth individual from Denison to garner the award three times. She is a 16-time All-American and a Denison President's Medal award winner. This year she was the national runner-up in the 500 freestyle at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships. In 2015, Costley was named the North Coast Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Year after logging championships in the 500 free, 1,650 free, 200 free, and the 800 free relay. In 2017, she was the recipient of the James T. Glerum Presidential Award for her academic and athletic accomplishments, leadership and service to the University and community.
A native of Glencoe, Illinois, Costley is a four-time conference champion who logged 14 top-eight finishes at nationals. She graduated in May with a B.A. in English and a minor in communication.
A second-team Academic All-America® selection in 2016, Kane is making her first appearance on the first-team in 2017. She is a two-time national champion and a 26-time All-American, which is two shy of the maximum over a four-year collegiate swimming career. She owns varsity records in the 50 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay and is a 17-time conference champion. A native of Deephaven, Minnesota, Kane graduated in May with a B.A. in economics and communication.
Costley and Kane helped Denison to three NCAC championships and four consecutive top-four national finishes, highlighted by a second-place showing in 2015.
Lindell is making his second straight showing on the Academic All-America® first-team. He leaves Denison as one of the program's most decorated swimmers, with six national championships and 17 All-American swims in four trips to nationals. Lindell was named the 2016 NCAA Division III Swimmer of the Year after winning three individual event national championships and one relay title in the 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 backstroke and 800 free relay. This year he defended his national title in the 400 IM and the 800 free relay.
A native of Edina, Minnesota, Lindell led Denison to the program's third national championship in 2016. Since 2014, Denison has finished first, second (twice) and third in the national standings.
Wesseling, a junior backstroke and freestyle swimmer is making his second consecutive appearance on the Academic All-America® second-team. A six-time All-American, Wesseling placed eighth in the 200 backstroke and 10th in the 100 backstroke at this year's NCAA Division III Championship. He is also a seven-time NCAC champion who captured titles in the 100 back, 200 back, 400 medley relay and 200 free relay at this year's conference championship. In three trips to nationals, Wesseling and the Big Red have placed second (2015), first (2016) and third (2017). A native of Hudsonville, Michigan, Wesseling is majoring in English and political science.
Of Denison's 86 Academic All-America selections, 34 have come from the Big Red swimming & diving program. The men's and women's programs have combined for four national championships and 48 top-4 national team finishes since 1986.
Created in 1952 by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Teams Program is a premier, nationwide college scholar-athlete awards program. It recognizes over 800 outstanding student-athletes annually in Division I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports. The At-Large division covers the following NCAA sponsored sports: women's bowling, women's crew, men's and women's fencing, women's field hockey, men's and women's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's and women's rifle, men's and women's skiing, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's water polo, men's volleyball, and wrestling.