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Wilson leads Kenyon’s Academic All-America trio

AUSTIN, Texas – Recent Kenyon College graduate Julia Wilson was not only named one of three Ladies swimmers to make the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-America Division III Women’s At-Large Team, but was voted the Google Cloud Academic All-American of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

As the top vote-getter among all the At-Large selections, Wilson earned her second consecutive position on the 15-member Academic All-America first team. Teammates and rising seniors Abby Wilson and Hannah Orbach-Mandel were also selected by CoSIDA members. Wilson was voted to the 17-member second team, while Orbach-Mandel claimed a spot on the 13-member third team.

Julia Wilson’s designation as the Google Cloud Academic All-American of the Year makes her just the third Kenyon female to gain the prestigious honor. Carla Ainsworth ’95 was selected in both the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons. She was followed by Ashley Rowatt ’03, who was honored at the conclusion of her senior season.

This season’s trio of Kenyon honorees was included on the Academic All-America ballot after each member was named, two weeks ago, to the Google Cloud Academic All-District VII At-Large Team. Both At-Large programs require a nominee to be at least of sophomore standing and to possess both legitimate athletic credentials and a minimum 3.30 cumulative grade point average. In addition to swimming, the Division III At-Large programs include nominees from the sports of fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, tennis, volleyball, as well as several others.

Julia Wilson, a breaststroke specialist, won her first national title this past season as a part of the Ladies’ 400-medley relay team. She swam in five events at the NCAA Championship meet and finished no worse than eighth place. Those results gave her five NCAA All-America awards for the season and 16 for her collegiate career. She was a 2016 Olympic Trials qualifier and currently holds both the Kenyon and North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) records for the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events. Wilson, who earned her degree in psychology, was also selected as an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winner.

Abby Wilson is a molecular biology major in the classroom and a freestyle specialist in the pool. After collecting two straight Academic All-District VII honors, she makes her first appearance on the Academic All-America squad. She’s a three-time NCAA Championship qualifier and owns 14 career NCAA All-America certificates. This past season, she was NCAA runner-up in the 200- and 800-yard relays and claimed an individual eighth-place showing in the 200-yard freestyle. She holds a pair of Kenyon relay records, won three titles at the 2018 NCAC Championship and owns 11 career All-NCAC awards.

Orbach-Mandel, pursuing degrees in both economics and mathematics, is also freestyle specialist. She’s a three-time NCAA Championship qualifier and, like Julia Wilson, captured her first national event title as a part of Kenyon’s 400-yard medley relay team. She swam in seven events at the 2018 national championship and finished top-five in six of them. She collected seven NCAA All-America awards for the year and now has 18 for her career. Additionally, she was named for the second time in as many years, the winner of the team’s Shawn M. Kelly Memorial Award, presented to the swimmer who inspired through performances as a member of relay teams.

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