Seven Wolverines named to CoSIDA’s first all-district academy team

Seven Wolverines named to CoSIDA’s first all-district academy team

20/05/2022 11:30:00

// Leah Howard, Scott Kemps, Megan McIntosh, Kristy McNeil, Bridgette Underwood

ANN ARBOUR, Mich. — Seven University of Michigan student-athletes — Myles Amine (wrestling) Matty Beniers (ice Hockey), Sierra Brooks (women’s gymnastics), Paul Judah (men’s gymnastics), Maggie McNeil (swim), Maddie O’Reilly (water polo) and Natalie Wojcik (women’s gymnastics) – were named to the 2022 All-District Five At-Large Academic First Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Friday, May 20.

General sports for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program include Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rifle, Skiing, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, and Water Polo for men and women, as well as beach volleyball, bowling, field hockey and rowing for women, and volleyball and wrestling for men.

Amine, who earned his master’s degree in sports management this spring after earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration, earned second-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors last season and is a five-time Academic All-Big award winner. Ten and NWCA Scholar. He was the NCAA runner-up at 184 pounds in 2022, becoming the first-ever five-time winner and All-American at the NCAA championships, adding to the previous top four finishes at 174 and 197 pounds. Amine won the 184-pound crown at the Big Ten Championships, nearly winning UM’s first conference tag team title since 1973, and was named the championships co-wrestler. He is a two-time Big Ten champion and finished his college career with a 125-23 record, including a 21-2 mark this season. Internationally, Amine captured Olympic bronze at 86kg/189lbs last August in Tokyo and, less than two weeks after the end of the collegiate season, he won his first European championship in Budapest.

Beniers, a sports management major, adds CoSIDA All-District honors to her many accolades. The First-Team All-American and Big Ten champion was a finalist for the Big Ten Player of the Year award and was a unanimous First-Team All-Big Ten selection. Alternate captain for the Wolverines, Beniers guided the team to the Big Ten Tournament Championship and the Frozen Four. A points-per-game player, Beniers has recorded 67 points in 61 career games. Last year’s UM Rookie of the Year, Beniers was the second overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. Following the end of the 2021-22 season, he began his NHL career on a five-game point streak, second only to Wayne Gretsky, and had nine points in 10 games.

Brooks, a business administration major at the Ross School of Business, earns her first CoSIDA All-District honor. Brooks was a three-time WCGA All-America First Team winner and a three-time WCGA Regular Season All-America First Team winner in the 2022 season, bringing her career total to six WCGA All-America and seven WCGA Regular honors. Season All- American Quotes. The versatile junior was both Regional Gymnast of the Year and Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, while also winning the Big Ten individual title on vault with a perfect score. Brooks is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten winner, two-time WCGA Scholastic All-American, and a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, while also serving as chair of the Student Academic Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Judah, a psychology specialist, won two NCAA championship titles, as he took the all-around victory with an 85.298 and scored a 15.000 on vault en route to tying the school record for the era. Modern Sam Mikulak of six All-America honors. He also placed in the top four on high bar (second, 14.566) and parallel bars (fourth, 14.366), and finished eighth on floor exercise and high rings. The titles were UM’s first all-around title since the 2014 season (Mikulak) and first overall title since Anthony McCallum in 2019 (vault). He also won the Big Ten Gymnast of the Championships, in addition to a Big Ten high bar championship and first-team All-Big Ten honors. A current member of the United States Senior National Team, the CoSIDA All-District honor is the first of his career.

MacNeil, who earned an undergraduate degree in general studies, earns his second CoSIDA Academic All-District honor. She is a 28-time All-American and won two bronze medals at the 2022 NCAA Championships. MacNeil also won a national title in the 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly at the 2021 NCAA Championships. She is a three-time Big Ten championship swimmer and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2019. MacNeil also won Michigan Female Athlete of the Year in 2020 and earned Academic All-America honors in 2021. She is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten as well as a CSCAA Scholar All-American.

O’Reilly, who earned her master’s degree in management, earns her second CoSIDA Academic All-District honor with the first coming in 2021. This season, O’Reilly was named to the NCAA Tournament Second Team and was named player of the CWPA Tournament. honors. O’Reilly guided the Wolverines to four NCAA championship appearances and four CWPA championships, while earning second-team ACWPC All-America honors and CWPA Player of the Year honors in 2021. O’Reilly is a three-time winner of the ACWPC All-Academic Team. , three-time CWPA Scholar Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten winner.

Wojcik, who earned his undergraduate degree in Spanish, linguistics and psychology and will be returning for his fifth year, earns his second CoSIDA All-District honor. The senior all-rounder was the winner of the 2022 AAI award, which has been dubbed the Heisman Trophy of Women’s Gymnastics and awarded annually to the nation’s top senior collegiate gymnast. She was a two-time WCGA All-America winner and a four-time WCGA Regular Season All-America winner during her senior season, bringing her career total to six WCGA All-America honors and 12 WCGA Regular Season All-America citations. Wojcik won the individual regional title on uneven bars and was the Big Ten individual champion on beam in the 2022 season. Additionally, Wojcik eclipsed 100 career scores with a 9.900 or better as she finished her campaign senior with 110. Wojcik is a three-time All-Big Ten winner, three-time WCGA Scholastic All-American, and two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. .

Academic first team winners from all districts qualify for the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot. The winners of the first, second and third team Academic All-America will be announced in June.

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