MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Four Cardinals were named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District At-Large First Teams for District 2 as announced by CoSIDA on Thursday evening. The 2018-19 awards are selected by CoSIDA and recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances in athletics and in the classroom. Carter Hawthorne (men's lacrosse), Zach Murillo (wrestling) and Tim Sestak (men's ice hockey) were awarded spots on the 13-person First Team, while Victoria Yu (women's tennis) was one of 11 females selected for the honor.
Hawthorne, who is majoring in Economics & Psychology, has maintained a 3.84 GPA to earn his second consecutive Academic All-District Team honor. The senior helped guide Wesleyan to its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance, while also playing a major role in the Cardinals' National Championship a year ago. He recently concluded his career as Wesleyan's all-time leader in assists (164) and ranked third all-time in points (271). This season, he scored his 100th career goal and finished the year with 51 points in just 13 games.
Murillo, an Economics and Mathematics major, has maintained a 3.90 GPA this year and advanced to the NCAA Wrestling Championships this winter. He finished his senior season with a 28-10 record, earned second-place at New England Regionals, and was named NEWA Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year. Additionally, Murillo earned an All-NEWA Second Team selection, was an NWCA Division III Scholar-Athlete award winner, and was named to the All-NEWA Academic Team.
Junior goaltender Sestak is majoring in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry and maintained a 3.85 GPA this year. He had a phenomenal season in goal for the Cardinals, where he earned All-American Honors, was named a NEHWA Division III All-Star, was tabbed NESCAC Player of the Year and was a finalist for the prestigious Joe Concannon Award. Sestak led the conference in save percentage (.946), while ranking second in goals against average (1.65), and finished the season ranked third in DII/DIII save percentage and shutouts (seven). He eclipsed the 1,000th career-save this season and was also named the NCAA Division III Statistical Champion for save percentage.
Yu, a Chemistry, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry major, has maintained a 3.98 GPA this year en route to her third Academic All-District Team section. A National Champion and four-time All-American, Yu was selected to the 2019 All-NESCAC First Team for singles and doubles and was recently named the ITA Northeast Senior of the Year. So far this season, she boasts a 24-8 overall mark at #1 doubles with her sister, as the duo is ranked No. 5 in the Northeast, and Yu is No. 3 in the Northeast in singles. She is slated to compete in the NCAA Individual Championships in both singles and doubles next week in Michigan, following the team competition.
As Academic All-District First Team honorees, all four Cardinals advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America ballot, with the winners announced in June.