BOCA RATON, Fla. - Lynn University was among the top institutions in Division II to collect Google Cloud Academic All-District 5 At-Large recognition, following the announcement by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday. Jenny Ayala and Krissy Ortiz of women's golf, Catalina Berraud-Galea from women's swimming and Cody Bartusiak from men's lacrosse all earned First Team accolades and are now eligible for Academic All-America recognition.
Lynn was one of only six institutions in Division II with three selections in one gender, and the most in District 5, and was one of only nine schools with at least four selections for both men and women. Colorado State – Pueblo logged a total of six honorees, the most among all institutions. This is the first Academic All-District recognition for all four individuals.
Ayala, a senior from Bogota, Colombia, has been adding hardware over the last month: All-Sunshine State Conference Second Team selection, the Lynn athletic department's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, women's golf team MVP and Mrs. Fighting Knight (given for Spirit, Service and Strength). The communication & emerging media major with a 3.92 grade point average helped the women's golf team to its seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, leading the squad with a 74.93 stroke average and four top-10 finishes.
Ortiz concluded her junior year also with a 3.92 GPA majoring in international business management. The Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, native was second on the women's golf team with a 76.15 stroke average and three top-10 finishes, of which two came at the SSC Championship and NCAA Super Region 2. Not only committed on the links, Ortiz serves as the Co-President of the Lynn Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and is the SSC national SAAC representative.
Berraud-Galea is not only one of the top distance swimmers in the country but students as well with her 4.0 GPA in sports management. She was honored as an All-SSC Second Team selection, won two medals at the SSC Championship, qualified for her third consecutive NCAA Division II National Championship and was honored as the Elite 90 Award winner with the highest GPA at the national championship.
Cody Bartusiak was the lone men's representative for Lynn after posting a 4.0 grade point average majoring in investment management. This past year he helped the lacrosse team to nine victories, tying for the most in program history, while ranking eighth in the SSC with 1.36 caused turnovers per game. His 19 caused turnovers this season are the second-most in single-season school history, trailing only his school-record 30 from his freshman year. Bartusiak was also honored as the Lynn athletic department's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipient and has been heavily involved with the One Love Foundation and the Yards for Yeardley movement.