Standout Colorado State University-Pueblo student-athletes Saul Shrom (Sr., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) and Domi DiNallo (Sr., Elephant Butte, N.M.) were both recognized as Capital One Academic All-Americans as selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) for at-large sports on Wednesday.
Shrom, a tennis player, was a first team selection for the men's at-large sport program, while DiNallo, a Pack women's golfer, earned third team honors for women's at-large sports.
They are the first CSU-Pueblo student-athletes in their respective sports to ever receive the prestigious honor, which is based on both athletic and academic accomplishments.
Men's at-large selections were taken from the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo and wrestling. Women's at-large selections were made from the sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis and water polo.
Shrom, who holds a 3.99 GPA while majoring in psychology was one of just three NCAA Division II tennis players selected to the 15-man first team. He and Western State Colorado University wrestler Corbin Bennetts were the only Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference student-athletes selected on the 45-person list, which is broken into the first, second and third team units.
DiNallo was one of just two RMAC athletes on the women's side joining fellow third team selection Danica Cutshall, a women's lacrosse player from Regis University. DiNallo, who holds a 3.97 GPA while majoring in sociology, was one of only five women's golfers from amongst the 45 total student-athletes selected from around the country.
This latest honor caps a series of awards for both Shrom and DiNallo this spring and give CSU-Pueblo a school-record setting four total Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America selections during the recently completed 2013-14 academic year after first team volleyball selection Kacy Griffin and second team football pick Brandon Kliesen had been recognized in the fall.
Shrom was named as the RMAC's Summit Award Winner for having the highest GPA of any student-athlete at the conference championship tournament. He played in the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles position for Coach Mark Schlief and the ThunderWolves and was ranked as high as 14th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's South Central Individual rankings. He was also a first team selection to the Academic All-RMAC squad, his third career Academic All-RMAC honor, and was named as the winner of the winner of the "Spank" Blasing Award, given annually to CSU-Pueblo's top male student-athlete.
He had earlier been named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District 6 selection for the second straight year, which put him on the ballot for the national honors.
DiNallo also had an award-winning spring as she was named as both the RMAC's Academic Women's Golfer of the Year and RMAC Summit Award Winner for the second straight year. She was also a Academic All-District 6 selection for the second straight year.
A 3-time First Team Academic All-RMAC selection, DiNallo left her mark on the ThunderWolf program, picking up All-RMAC honors in each of her four years. Helping the team win two RMAC titles in the last three year's, including' this year's crown, DiNallo was a First Team All-RMAC honoree as a sophomore in 2012 before earning second team honors in each of the last two years.
In 2013-14, she claimed three top-10 individual finishes, posting a 80.5 stroke average to help lead the Pack to five tournament team titles. She finished tied for eighth at this year's RMAC Championships with a season-best 36-hole, 2-day score of 156. She had won that tournament as a sophomore in 2012.
She was also named as the inaugural female winner of the Art & Lorraine Gonzales Perseverance Award, given at CSU-Pueblo's recent student-athlete awards banquet.
To be nominated for the Capital One Academic All-America awards, the student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grad point average at his/her current institution and must have participated in at least 50 percent of their team's contests. They also must have reached sophomore athletic eligibility and be in their second year of attendance at their nominating institution.
Student-athletes are then selected from eight districts from around the country before being on the national ballot.
Although the minimum requirement is a 3.30 GPA, the Academic All-Americans tend to far surpass that mark as the 15 members of the first team had an average GPA of 3.93 while the 45-member overall team had an average 3.81 GPA. The 45 selected women had a combined 3.89 GPA.
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