SWARTHMORE, Pa. - Senior Rachel Wallwork (women's tennis), senior Anne Miller (women's swimming) and sophomore Travis Pollen (men's swimming) were recently named to the ESPN the Magazine/Cosida Academic All-District II Team, as voted on by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Wallwork is a first-team selection in the women's at-large College Division for the second consecutive year, Pollen was named to the men's at-large second team, while Miller makes the women's at-large third team.
The District II College Division consists of all NCAA Division II and Division III, and NAIA, colleges and universities in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. To be nominated for the team, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.4 cumulative grade-point average and a starter or significant reserve on his or her team. The At-Large eligible sports are women's bowling, women's crew, men's and women's fencing, women's 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, men's and women's tennis, men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo and men's wrestling.
Wallwork (Washington, D.C./Georgetown Day School) is a back-to-back first-team selection while making the all-district team for the third consecutive year. Wallwork was named the 2010 Centennial Conference Player of the Year, becoming just the second Swarthmore women’s tennis player to receive Player of the Year accolades on three occasions (Anjani Reddy ’04 won it four times – 2001-04) while becoming third Swarthmore player (and eighth overall) to earn Player of the Year Honors. Wallwork also became the 17th player in Conference history to earn first-team All-Centennial Conference honors three times.
For the 2010 season, Wallwork was a perfect 5-0 in Conference play this season, part of her 25 consecutive Centennial Conference singles winning streak. Playing at the No. 1 position for Swarthmore, Wallwork finished the season 15-4 in singles play and 14-5 in doubles play.
Pollen (Elkins Park, Pa./Abington) became an American record holder and national champion during a spectacular 2009-10 season in the pool. He broke the six-year-old paralympic S9 American record in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 54.80 while competing for the Garnet at the Centennial Conference Championships. On top of that, Pollen captured the national championship in the S9 classification 50 meter freestyle (28.47) while taking second place in the 100 meter freestyle (1:01.42) to highlight an outstanding performance at the 2010 U.S. Paralympics Spring Swimming Nationals from San Antonio. Pollen's remarkable story has been highlighted by NBC and Sports Illustrated.
Miller (Buffalo, N.Y./Buffalo Seminary) finished her outstanding Swarthmore career by capturing her sixth and seventh All-American honors, a new College record. She earned her sixth career All-American honor by finishing 14th in the 100 yard butterfly (2:04.59) at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships, while reaching a record-breaking seventh All-American honor with an 11th-place finish in the 200 yard butterfly (2:04.59). Miller also shined at the Centennial Conference Championships, taking gold in the 200-yard butterfly (2:04.14) and silver in the 100-yard butterfly (57.40).
Wallwork is the third Swarthmore student-athlete to be named first team academic all-district, following sophomore Brett McLarney (men's soccer) and junior Kathryn Stockbower (women's basketball). For the year, seven student-athletes have been named all-district: Wallwork, Pollen, Miller, McLarney, Stockbower, Wiley Archibald (baseball), and David D'Annunzio (men's soccer).