NORTON, Mass. - Wheaton College swimming & diving senior Nicole Zais (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) picked up her first Capital One Academic College Division All-District I accolade, as she was named to the at-large third team, marking the fourth straight year that a Lyon swimmer was recognized. The squads are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Zais was among 12 third-team members and 33 overall selections. The English and creative writing and studio art major was one of nine New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) student-athletes named to the squads.
A three-time NCAA All-American, Zais became the first women's swimmer in program history to garner All-America accolades in an individual event, doing so twice this past winter in the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes. Placing sixth in the 200 breast at the NCAA Championship, Zais led the Lyons to a tie for 37th place nationally.
Zais, who is a Dean's List student, played an integral part of Wheaton's most successful four-year stretch in school annals, as the Blue and White placed third at the conference championship three times and fourth this year. Amassing a program-high-tying 13 all-league finishes, which requires placing in the top two at the conference championship, Zais is a part of an impressive nine school records.
The District I College Division consists of all non-NCAA Division I colleges and universities in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec.
To be nominated for the Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in academic standing, possess at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average and be a starter or significant reserve.