Austin, Texas – Lynn University's academic success was on full display with the announcement of the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Division II At-Large Men's & Women's Teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Wednesday. The Fighting Knights posted a selection for each gender with lacrosse's Cody Bartusiak and swimming's Catalina Berraud-Galea each garnering First Team Academic All-America recognition.
The at-large program for the CoSIDA Academic All-America® program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo for both men and women; bowling, crew and field hockey for women; and volleyball and wrestling for men.
Berraud-Galea becomes the fourth Academic All-American for the women's swimming program, and third first team selection, while Bartusiak is the first Academic All-American in the lacrosse program's history.
Bartusiak posted 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.
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. Additionally, she placed second at the CSCAA Open Water Nationals and took 18th at the USA Open Water Championship.
The Sunshine State Conference had four selections on the men's at-large first team and six honorees overall while Lynn was the lone conference representative on the women's at-large first team. The SSC had three selections overall on the women's side.