Five Cardinal named to CoSIDA Academic All-America teams

Academic All-American 2019
From left, Ella Eastin, Sameer Kumar, Makenzie Fischer, Emily Arbuthnott and Albane Valenzuela (Courtesy Stanford Athletics)

Five Stanford student-athletes were named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America teams on Friday, led by MAKENZIE FISCHER (women’s water polo), who was named Team Member of the Year for Division I at-large programs.

Alongside Fischer, juniors EMILY ARBUTHNOTT (women’s tennis) and ALBANE VALENZUELA (women’s golf) were named first-team honorees, while senior ELLA EASTIN (women’s swimming and diving) was a second-team selection and senior SAMEER KUMAR (men’s tennis) earned third-team accolades, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

This is Fischer’s third Academic All-America honor and the second for Eastin. The Academic All-America at-large teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

The following are the five Stanford athletes named Academic All-Americans:

  • Makenzie Fischer, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist and two-time NCAA champion, put together one of the most impressive offensive seasons in MPSF history. She is majoring in mechanical engineering.
  • Emily Arbuthnott, an economics major, holds a 4.14 GPA and was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic First Team for the second straight season.
  • Albane Valenzuela, a political science major, holds a 4.02 GPA. She was named Pac-12 Women’s Golfer of the Year, the first in program history to earn that distinction.
  • Ella Eastin, the first woman in history to win four NCAA titles in the 400 individual medley, holds a 3.74 GPA as a human biology major.
  • Sameer Kumar, the 2019 Pac-12 Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year, was a three-time First Team Pac-12 All-Academic selection and a three-time ITA Scholar-Athlete. He is a 2019 coterminal graduate in economics and management science and engineering.

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