GRANVILLE, Ohio-- Two members of the national champion Denison men's swimming & diving team were named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District® first-team. Seniors Jason Wesseling and Ben Burdick will advance to the national ballot for consideration to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® team.
Wesseling is already a two-time Google Cloud Academic All-America® selection. He capped off a brilliant career with a fifth-place finish in the 200 backstroke (1:48.03) and an sixth-place showing in the 100 back (48.97) at this year's Division III Championship. He is an 8-time All-American and a four-time national team member. He was the recipient of this year's NCAC Male Scholar-Athlete award and was presented with the Dr. Larry Scheiderer award given to the highest-ranking male senior athlete in terms of grade point average. Wesseling boasts a 3.95 GPA with a triple major in English, political science and the classics.
Burdick is making his debut on the Academic All-District team. A five-time All-American as a distance freestyle swimmer, Burdick was recently presented one of seven Denison President's Medals at the Senior Awards Ceremony. The President's medal is the highest honor bestowed upon a graduating senior at Denison. Burdick is a three-time national team member and a four-year qualifier who has also logged three All-North Coast Athletic Conference performances. Burdick boasts a 3.92 GPA as a history major.
The 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Men's At-Large Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the playing field and in the classroom. Denison is one of the leaders in NCAA Division III with 86 Google Cloud Academic All-America® selections.
First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot, with Google Cloud Academic All-America® teams announced in June. 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.