COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College Alpine skiing rising junior Simen Strand (Høvik, Norway/Dønski VGS) became the 14th student-athlete in College history to earn College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America honors on Tuesday.
Strand was among 45 male student-athletes who landed CoSIDA NCAA Division II Academic All-America At-Large accolades for the 2021-22 school year, being placed on the 15-member third team, and the only one from Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) institutions. While Saint Michael's skiing does not compete in the Northeast-10 Conference, Strand was also the lone male representative of NE10 colleges.
Strand was one of three sophomores from Division II and among seven male skiers from across the NCAA's three divisions to claim Academic All-America, raising his cumulative grade-point average to 3.94 by year's end. 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.
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, and placed on the CoSIDA Academic All-District 1 At-Large squad last month, making him eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America consideration.
Strand became the 14th Purple Knight to claim CoSIDA Academic All-America, earning the College's 18th selection. He is both the first skier and initial sophomore in Saint Michael's history to land the accolade. Strand joins men's ice hockey alumnus Michel Dupont '98 (1996-97 and 1997-98) and field hockey alumna Jackie Chisholm '15 (2014-15) as the only Purple Knights to claim All-America and Academic All-America honors in the same year.
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.