Three Hope College student-athletes have been voted to the College Sports Information Directors of America Men’s and Women’s Academic All-District® At-Large Teams for NCAA Division III.
Men’s lacrosse’s Luke Elder, women’s swimmer Emma Schaefer, and men’s diver Kamaron Wilcox advance to the 2021 CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. First, second, and third-team Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in August.
Elder and Wilcox are 11 men’s selections from District 6, including schools from Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Schaefer is one of 14 women’s selections from District 6.
This season, Elder led the Flying Dutchmen in scoring this season with a career-high 63 goals, the second-highest total in team history. The attacker from Grand Rapids, Michigan (East Grand Rapids HS) helped Hope to a 13-2 overall record and advance to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time.
Elder graduated in May after majoring in communication.
Wilcox was selected as co-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Most Valuable Diver this season. The junior mathematics and physics major from Grand Rapids, Michigan (Forest Hills Central) repeated as MIAA champion in 3-meter diving in 2021.
Schaefer repeated as the MIAA Most Valuable Women’s Swimmer this season. The senior exercise science major from DeWitt, Michigan (St. Johns) won league titles in three events and helped the Flying Dutch claim the MIAA team championship.
Schaefer finished first in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley. She set the MIAA and school records in the 200 breaststroke and school records in the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley.
The Division III CoSIDA Academic All-America® program is partially financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structures to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2020-21 Divisions III Academic All-America® programs.