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Ziyi Wang voted to Academic All-District At-Large Team

May 18, 2018 at 12:15 pm
Ziyi Wang
Ziyi Wang
Photo: Phelan Ebenhack

NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- Carleton College women’s golfer Ziyi Wang (Beijing City, China/Lighthouse Christian Academy) was recognized for her excellence in the classroom and in competition, as the junior was selected to the Academic All-District At-Large Team, as voted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

As an Asian Studies major, Wang holds a 3.93 cumulative grade point average and is one of four student-athletes from MIAC schools and 10 total athletes to earn a spot on the team for the NCAA Division III’s District 6, encompassing schools in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

Wang received the 2018 MIAC Player-of-the-Year Award as she led the conference and set a school record with a 77.30 stroke average. She captured the MIAC Championships individual crown and tallied eight top-10 finishes in nine events during the 2017-18 season, six of those being top-three finishes.

Wang was the best MIAC finisher at the NCAA Championships, as her 22-over par 314 score placed her in a tie for seventh. She helped the Knights place sixth in the team competition at nationals, matching the program’s best finish. Wang is a two-time Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American, three-time WGCA All-Region, and three-time All-MIAC honoree. She is the first Knight golfer, male or female, to compete in three NCAA Championships.

Away from the course, Wang earned the MIAC’s Elite 22 academic award in October and was previously tabbed to the WGCA All-America Scholar team.

This is the sixth time a Carleton women’s golfer earned Academic All-District recognition. Taylor Wells (2014 and 2015) and her older sister Kassie Wells (2006 and 2007) both achieved the feat twice. Katrina Wood secured the honor in 2008.

First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be announced in June.

The Academic All-District team is part of CoSIDA’s Academic All-America program, which annually honors student-athletes who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. Eligible sports for women's at-large consideration include beach volleyball, bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, and water polo.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at her current institution and be nominated the college’s sports information director. Academic All-District nominees are voted on by CoSIDA members from the individual’s respective district.