COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College Alpine skiing rising junior Simen Strand (Høvik, Norway/Dønski VGS) was selected for NCAA Division II Academic All-District 1 At-Large honors on Thursday, as chosen by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Strand, who was among 10 student-athletes recognized from District 1, joins Brad Farrell '16 (2014) as the lone Alpine skiers in College history named CoSIDA Academic All-District. In all, four skiers have now been lauded, including Nordic competitors Mary Clare Cooper '85 (1983) and Matthew Alexander '09 (2009).
Strand was one of nine male skiers - and the only underclassman - across CoSIDA's 24 NCAA Division I, II and III districts honored. Student-athletes who compete in women's beach volleyball, women's bowling, women's crew/rowing, men's and women's fencing, field hockey, men's and women's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's ice hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's rifle, men's and women's skiing, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's and women's tennis, men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo and wrestling are eligible for CoSIDA's Academic All-District and All-America At-Large program.
Strand, who was among three Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) student-athletes - and the only sophomore - to be recognized, advances to the CoSIDA Academic All-America national ballot, with those selections announced next month. His 3.92 cumulative grade-point average was second among the 10 honorees from District 1.
A business administration major, Strand became the first Saint Michael's skiers to landed two All-America finishes at the same NCAA Championship in March, placing on the second team with a 10th-place showing in the giant slalom before claiming a tie for fifth in the slalom, earning a position on the first team.
Strand was also chosen for the EISA All-East first team, joining Guillaume Grand '19 (2019) as the lone Purple Knights to land on the first team since the EISA consolidated its leagues into one conference in 1993-94. Strand finished no worse than 11th in any of his 10 races this past season, reaching the podium twice, in the Colby College Carnival giant slalom in his college debut on Jan. 14 (third) and during the EISA Championship slalom on Feb. 25 (second). He also claimed his second career United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association (USCSCA) National Collegiate All-Academic Ski Team accolade this winter.
Strand and women's basketball May graduate Nicole Anderson '22 both earned CoSIDA Academic All-District laurels in 2021-22, giving Saint Michael's 14 honorees in the past six years alone. To be nominated for the Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in academic standing, possess at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and be a starter or significant reserve. The NCAA Division II District 1 consists of members of the NE10, Central Athletic Collegiate Conference (CACC) and East Coast Conference (ECC). Through the Academic All-America program, CoSIDA names separate teams at each the NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III levels, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.