June 5, 2014
MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin's Nick Caldwell and Kimberly Dinh made their mark in the field of play and in the classroom this past season, and as a result, each was named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Men's and Women's At-Large teams on Thursday.
Selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Caldwell was one of 15 student-athletes named to the first team, while Dinh earned second-team accolades.
Caldwell and Dinh were two of three Badgers named last month to the Capital One Academic All-District At-Large teams, then becoming eligible for a place on the Academic All-America ballot.
Caldwell and Dinh continue what has been a remarkable academic run for Badgers, as Wisconsin has now had at least one Capital One Academic All-America pick for 35 consecutive years. That ties UW with Georgia and Bucknell for the second-longest streak in the nation, trailing only Nebraska's run of 43-straight seasons with an Academic All-American.
A Sarasota, Florida, native with a perfect 4.0 GPA in chemistry, Caldwell was named to the first team. A member of the U.S. Men's Swimming team, Caldwell transferred from Florida and as a senior at Wisconsin set three Big Ten records this year in the 200-, 1000- and 1650-yard freestyle events. A second team All-Big Ten honoree, he swam the second-fastest time in school history at the Big Ten Championships in the 500 freestyle (4:15.81). Caldwell also earned honorable-mention All-America honors at the NCAA championships and a spot on the Academic All-Big Ten team.
Double majoring in chemistry and chemical engineering with a 4.0 cumulative GPA, Dinh was named to the second team. In 2013, Dinh was honored by the NCAA with the Elite 89 award, which is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA (4.0) participating at each of the 89 NCAA championships. She is a two-time NGCA All-Scholar Team pick, three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. She has been on the Dean's List every semester and is a member of Chi Sigma Alpha, Phi Kappa Phi, Society of Women Engineers and the Chancellor's Scholarship Program.
To be eligible for Capital One Academic All-America honors, student-athletes must have reached sophomore status and carry a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher. The 15 members of the men's at-large first team, including Caldwell, have an average GPA of 3.80.