June 7, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford wrestler Nick Amuchastegui has been tabbed the Capital One Men's At-Large Academic All-American of the Year for the second straight season, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) today.
Joining Amuchastegui on the first team from Stanford are men's swimmer Bobby Bollier and men's volleyball player Brad Lawson. The Cardinal was the only institution with multiple first team honorees.
Amuchastegui earns his third career Academic All-America honors as he was named to the first team last year and the second team in 2010. He is a four-time Pac-12 All-Academic first team selection and was named the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for wrestling in April.
Amuchastegui received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering in 2011 and will receive his master's in mechanical engineering this June. The Pac-12 Wrestler of the Year, Amuchastegui is a three-time NCAA All-American and the first Stanford wrestler to be a two-time NCAA finalist. A two-time Pac-12 champion, his 118-19 career record gives him the fourth-most wins in school history.
Bollier is a mechanical engineering major with a 3.75 GPA. The senior picks up his second career Academic All-America accolades, earning first team honors in 2011. A first team Pac-12 All-Academic selection, Bollier was the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's swimming this season. He finished off his career as a 14-time All-American with 109 points at the NCAA Championships (31st all-time at Stanford), where he reached the A Finals of both the 500 free and 200 fly.
Lawson, a science, technology and society major with a 3.66 GPA, earns his first career Academic All-America honors. The Honolulu, Hawai'i native is a three-time MPSF All-Academic selection and a three-time AVCA First Team All-American. He ends his time on The Farm ranked in the top-10 in several statistical categories, including first in career kills (1,828) in the rally-scoring era and service aces (128).
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00 and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution.