Six Mountain West Student-Athletes Named To 2014 Capital One® Academic All-District At-Large Teams

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Six Mountain West student-athletes have been named to the 2014 Capital One® Academic All-District At-Large Teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. New Mexico tennis player Mads Hegelund was named to the men’s District 7 team. Tennis players Michaela Bezdickova of New Mexico and Veronica Popovici of Wyoming join Colorado State diver Melissa Bollig and Air Force diver Rachel Kennedy on the women’s District 7 team, while San José State swimmer Darcie Anderson was the lone MW honoree from District 8.

All six student-athletes will advance to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot. That team will be announced on Thursday, June 5.

Hegelund, a senior from Copenhagen, Denmark, has a 3.93 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) as a psychology major. He went 16-9 in singles, including 12-5 in dual meets, and 15-7 in doubles as the Lobos advanced to the MW title match and posted 20 wins for the first time since the 2009 season.

Bezdickova holds a 4.03 GPA in finance. The senior from Olomouc, Czech Republic, is a seven-time All-MW selection, having earned the honor for singles in all four seasons and doubles three times. She led New Mexico to its highest Conference finish this season and a spot in the MW championship match.

Bollig boasts a 4.00 GPA as a sociology major. The junior from Franktown, Colorado, held the top score for the Rams in the 1-meter springboard this season of 276.45. She had the third highest mark on the 3-meter with a mark of 291.75. Both scores qualified her for NCAA Zones in March. Bollig earned 2014 All-MW honors in the 1-meter dive.

Kennedy, a senior from Wasilla, Alaska, is studying biology, earning a 3.93 GPA. She was a four-year letterwinner for the Falcons and will graduate as the top-ranked cadet from the biology department and the top-ranked cadet from the Basic Sciences Division.

Popovici carries a 4.00 GPA in family and consumer sciences with an emphasis in dietetics. The senior from Piatra Neamt, Romania earned her fourth All-MW singles honor after going 20-11 and third doubles award following the 2013-14 campaign.

Anderson has earned a 3.98 GPA in kinesiology. The senior from Willows, California, was an All-Conference swimmer this season in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke and served as one of the Spartans’ three team captains in 2014.

The award recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore academically and be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA. Nominated student-athletes were then voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America in their respective districts.