September 25, 2022

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Six Mids Earn CoSIDA Academic All-District Honors

ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– Navy wrestler Jacob Allen (Sr., Poway, Calif.), women’s swimmer Sydney Harrington (Sr., Fairfax, Va.), water polo player Peter Hillen (Jr., Orinda, Calif.), women’s rower Hanna Prince (Sr., Buffalo, N.Y.), men’s tennis player Derrick Thompson (Sr., Towson, Md.) and gymnast Josh Williams (Sr., Cypress, Texas) garnered Academic All-District II accolades for at-large sports from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday.  All six now advance to the national ballot that will determine CoSIDA’s Academic All-America Teams, which will be announced June 14 (men) and 15 (women).
 
To be eligible for the district ballot, student-athletes must have attained a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30 through the end of the 2021 fall semester, be at a minimum a sophomore academically and be a starter or key reserve on their respective team.
 
The at-large sports program consists of women’s beach volleyball, women’s bowling, women’s crew, fencing, women’s field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, men’s volleyball, water polo and men’s wrestling.  CoSIDA’s District II consists of Division I schools located in Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.  Each school is allowed to nominate up to four student-athletes for their respective men’s and women’s district ballots.

The six awards garnered by Navy and Boise State ranks just behind the seven received by both Michigan and Stanford.

A first-time COSIDA All-District II selection, Allen will graduate having earned a 4.00 cumulative grade-point average in operations research. A three-time recipient of the EIWA’s academic award (2019, ’21, ’22) and two-time NWCA Scholar All-American (2021, ’22), he appeared on both the Superintendent’s and Commandant’s Lists all eight semesters. Allen, who will be commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy, is ranked No. 1 in the Class of 2022 (1,114) in Academic Order of Merit, No. 2 in Military Order of Merit and No. 7 in Overall Order of Merit.

Allen was a three-year starter for the Navy wrestling team, including the 2021-22 campaign that saw him push back down to 125 pounds after earning an NCAA berth in 2020-21 as a junior at 133 pounds. Allen, who served as the Mids’ team captain in 2021-22, produced a 17-14 record his senior campaign that featured an individual title at the Bearcat Open, a second-place finish at the Franklin & Marshall Open and an eighth-place performance at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. Additionally, he scored a 5-1 decision over Ryan Chauvin to help lead Navy to a 22-9 victory over Army in the annual Star Match. Allen concluded his career with a 51-42 record and a 15-15 mark in dual action. 

Harrington advances to the national ballot for the first time.  She compiled a 3.81 cumulative grade-point average at Navy as an honors physics major and was selected as the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for her sport in both 2021 and ’22.  

In the pool, she earned the Patriot League Swimmer-of-the-Year accolade in both 2020 and ’22 (there was no league meet in 2021 due to COVID protocols) after she was named the league’s rookie of the year in 2019.  Harrington totaled 11 event titles at the league meet and leaves Navy holding school and league records in both butterfly events.  She also qualified for the 2020 (not held due to COVID), ’21 and ’22 NCAA Championship meets in a combined eight events.  Harrington earned Honorable Mention All-America laurels in the 200 butterfly at the 2021 national championship.  Harrington joined Lauren Barber as the lone Navy and Patriot League women’s swimmers to earn the accolade on the Division I level.

A three-year starter for the Navy water polo team, Hillen is a physics major with a 4.00 GPA. The defender is a three-time Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-Academic team honoree (2019, ’20, ’21). He is a four-time member of the Superintendent’s List, while appearing on the Commandant’s List five times and the Dean’s List once. Hillen ranks first in his class of 1,057 students in overall and academic order of merit. 

In the pool, the defensive specialist registered six goals and three assists for nine total points in 2021, while finishing with 15 steals and six ejections drawn in 28 games played. For his career, Hillen has tallied 16 goals and 12 assists for 28 points, while registering 28 steals and 13 ejections drawn on defense in 61 games played. 

One of just four Division I rowers selected among the eight districts, Prince is the reigning Patriot League Women’s Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She is joined by Minnesota’s Lindsay Eliasen, Texas’ Kaitlin Knifton and Stanford’s Grace McGinley.  A two-time CRCA National Scholar-Athlete, Prince completed her academic career in Annapolis with a 3.91 GPA as a cyber operations major and will join the fleet as a naval aviator.

Throughout her four years rowing with the Mids, Prince has won gold with the first varsity eight crew at the 2021 Patriot League Championship and silver with the second varsity eight at this year’s league championship. 

Thompson appears on the national ballot for the first time in his career.  He posted a 3.72 GPA as a mechanical engineering major over the course of his four years at Navy.  Thompson joins Navy’s Andrew Ton as the only men’s tennis players in Patriot League history to earn the league’s four major individual awards: rookie of the year (2019), league tournament MVP (2019, ’22), player of the year (2022) and scholar-athlete of the year (2022).  

The three-time first-team all-league recipient was part of Navy teams that won league titles in 2019, ’21 and ’22 (there were no awards presented or league championship held in 2020).  Individually, he posted a 21-10 record in singles and a 23-11 record in doubles this season.  Thompson concluded his career with an overall record of 78-21 in singles and 77-29 in doubles marks that included a 20-1 record in singles and an 18-4 in doubles when playing in Patriot League matches.  His combined overall winning percentage of 75.61 percent is a school record.

One of eight finalists for the Nissen-Emery Award as the top senior gymnast in America, Williams’ list of postseason honors continues with his spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District II team. Williams will graduate next Friday after studying quantitative economics and posting a 3.46 GPA at the Naval Academy.  Williams is one of four gymnasts selected to all-district teams joining Michigan’s Paul Juda, Stanford’s Curran Phillips and William & Mary’s Alek Kuzmenchuk.

A standout in the gym, he finished the regular season with the third-best scoring average in the NCAA on the rings and the 12th-best average for the floor exercise. At the 2022 NCAA Championship, Williams helped the Mids turn in the best team result in program history as Navy ranked seventh overall in the nation. Additionally, he was the USAG Collegiate Champion on the rings and the ECAC Champion on the floor exercise during his senior season.