GRANVILLE, Ohio-- Five members of the Denison swimming and diving programs were named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III At-Large teams on Wednesday, June 19. Bebe Wang, Carson Clear and Drake Horton were honored from the men's team while KT Kustritz and Natalie Zaravella were recognized from the women's team. Denison led all Division III colleges with three men's Academic All-America selections and tied with three other institutions with two women's Academic All-America selections.
Wang headlined the men's team by being named the Google Cloud Academic All-America Member of the Year for the Division III At-Large division. He is the fifth Denison student-athlete to be named Academic All-America Member of the Year. A five-time national champion and 11-time All-American, Wang is the defending national champ in the 200 IM and the 400 and 800 free relays.
This is the second-straight Google Cloud Academic All-America® selection for Kustritz. A second-team selection as a sophomore in 2018, Kustritz repeated as a second-team selection in 2019 after winning national championships in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes at nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is the owner of six Denison varsity records and is the Division III national record holder in the 100 breaststroke where she became the only female in D-III swimming history to swim a sub-one minute time in the event (59.77). Kustritz is a 13-time All-American, 10-time North Coast Athletic Conference champion and a two-time CSCAA Scholar All-American. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, she is majoring in health, exercise and sport studies.
Third-team Google Cloud Academic All-America awards went to Clear, Horton and Zaravella. This is the first Academic All-America® award for all three standout swimmers.
Clear graduated in May with a degree in biology. He swam on the national champion 200 medley relay and ended his career with seven All-American performances. At this year's NCAA Division III Championship, Clear placed 12th in the 100 backstroke while swimming backstroke on the runner-up 400 medley relay. A native of Fort Collins, Colorado, He is the NCAC record-holder in the 100 backstroke (47.87) and is a three-time CSCAA Scholar All-American.
Horton is one of only five sophomores to be named to the men's Academic All-America at-large team. He captured the national championship in the 200 freestyle in 2019 en route to six All-American swims at this year's championship. He is an 11-time All-American and a 3-time national champion. In 2018 he was named the NCAC's Newcomer of the Year. A three-time conference champion, Horton is majoring in data analytics and is a native of Madison, Wisconsin.
Zaravella is a 10-time All-American who is coming off three, top-six individual performances at this year's NCAA Division III Championship. She placed fourth in the 400 IM and placed sixth in the 200 IM and the 1,650 freestyle. She also swam on Denison's fourth-place 800 freestyle relay. An economics and global commerce major, Zaravella is a two-time CSCAA Scholar All-American and a two-time NCAC champion in the 400 IM.
Denison University ranks among the leaders in NCAA Division III with 96 Google Cloud Academic All-America® selections. Created in 1952 by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the Google Cloud Academic All-America® 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.