It was a given this year that despite the shortened spring and winter athletics seasons, the Stanford Cardinal were going to be well represented across the national awards.
Some sport seasons were off to historic starts and others were halted before the postseasons could be concluded. Still, the Cardinal saw a tremendous amount of standout performances both in their sport and in the classroom. The in-classroom performances have officially been awarded now that we’ve jumped into summer.
And several Stanford student-athletes were honored in the year-end Academic All-American announcements by the College of Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
David Jessen, Stanford gymnast, was named to the Academic-All-American first-team, giving the men’s gymnastics team their seventh first-team selection in history. He’s a four-time CGA First-Team All-America Scholar-Athlete and graduated with a degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and a GPA of 3.72.
Jessen was also awarded the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and was a finalist for the Nissen-Emery Award (the award given annually to the top senior gymnast in the nation).
Fencer Lucas Orts was named a second-team Academic All-American and becomes just the second fencer in program history to make such a list. He carried a 3.96 GPA in electrical engineering and qualified for what would have been the 2020 NCAA Championships.
Water polo standout Ben Hallock was named a third-team Academic All-American and finished the year with a 3.53 GPA and is set to graduate with a degree in economics. He is now a two-time winner of the Peter J. Cutino Award as well.
On the women’s side of the spectrum, the Cardinal saw four first-team selections for Academic All-Americans.
Tennis star Emily Arbuthnott, field hockey standout Kelsey Bing and the swimming duo of Brooke Forde and Erin Voss were each nabbed as first-teamers.
Arbuthnott held a 4.16 GPA and is a first-team selection for the second straight year. She’s a three-time ITA Scholar-Athlete and finished the season with over 100 career wins on the hard court.
Bing is the first Academic All-American in the Stanford field hockey program’s history. She finished with a 3.95 GPA, graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering. Her academic awards also include NFHCA National Scholar-Athlete, America East Fall Scholar-Athlete, America East Elite 18 winner and led the Cardinal to three America East championships during her time. She is the program’s all-time leader in saves at 418.
Forde and Voss each were selected to the first team as Forde posted a GPA of 3.94 in her human biology major while Voss graduated with a 3.99 GPA in computer science. Voss was the Pac-12’s Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2020 while Forde is an 11-time All-American and a two-time Pac-12 Champion herself.
All these athletes are more than certainly deserving of such recognition and their official announcements wrap up what certainly was an amazing, albeit shortened, spring term. Truly one for the books in more ways than one.
Congratulations all! Go Card!