St. Louis, Mo., June 6, 2017 – Three student-athletes from the Washington University in St. Louis swimming and diving program were selected to the 2017 Academic All-America Men's and Women's At-Large Teams, as announced Tuesday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Senior Michael Lagieski of the men's swimming and diving team was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team, while junior Nicole Zanolli of the women's team was named Academic All-America Second Team and senior MariMac Collins was selected to the Academic All-America Third Team.
Lagieski's selection marks the fifth time a WashU men's swimming and diving student-athlete has been honored, while Zanolli and Collins' recognition are the seventh and eighth honors for the WashU women.
Michael Lagieski - Mechanical Engineering, 3.71
Lagieski, a first-team honoree, swam to six All-American finishes in 2017 at the NCAA Division III S&D Championships. In total, he accumulated 15 in total by the conclusion of his career: 100 BR (2014-17), 200 BR (2015-17), 200 IM (2016-17), 200-medley relay (2016-17), 200-free relay (2016-17) and 400-medley relay (2015, '17). Lagieski garnered CSCAA Scholar All-American honors in 2015 and 2016, while also earning a spot at the United States Olympic Team Trials in 2016. In addition, he is a four-time All-American honorable mention honoree. Lagieski was the Division III National Champion in the 100 breaststroke in 2014 and earned the UAA Swimmer of the Year and Rookie of the Year during the same season.
Nicole Zanolli – Biology, 3.84
Zanolli, a second-team selection, swam to five All-American finishes at this year's National Championships and has totaled eight in her career: 200 BK (2016-17), 200 FR (2017), 500 FR (2017), 400-FR relay (2016-17) and 800-FR relay (2016-17). She also has five All-American honorable mentions to her credit: 500 FR (2016), 400-medley relay (2016), 200-medley relay (2016-17) and 1,650 FR (2015). Zanolli set the WashU school record in the 200 freestyle with a sixth place finish at the National Championships this season, 1:49.09.
MariMac Collins – Systems Engineering, 3.69
Collins, a third-team honoree, was a member of three All-American relay teams at the National Championships. In total she earned eight All-American honors in her career in the 200-FR relay (2017), 400-FR relay (2015-17) and 800-FR relay (2014-17). Collins is also a four-time All-American honorable mention in the 200-medley relay (2016-17) and 200-FR relay (2015-16). In addition, Collins was the recipient of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Division III National Swimmer of the Week honor on Jan. 24, after winning four events individually and assisting in three relay victories. Collins is a seven-time all-University Athletic Association (UAA) recipient.