NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Miguel Nesrala (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic), a sophomore on the Southern Connecticut State University men’s swimming and diving team, has been recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) with Second-Team Academic All-District I honors. District I is comprised of all Division II and Division III schools from New York and all of New England. Nesrala was vying against male student-athletes in the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling for this prestigious honor in the At-Large category.
Nesrala enjoyed an outstanding 2009-10 academic year in the pool and in the classroom.
In the pool, he earned All-America honors in four events – 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 800 freestyle relay – at this year’s NCAA Championships. He won seven Northeast-10 Conference individual championships at the league’s post season meet – 200 freestyle relay, 50 freestyle, 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle, 800 freestyle relay and 100 freestyle. Nesrala also claimed the Metropolitan Conference crown in the 50 freestyle.
In the classroom, Nesrala was the winner of the inaugural 2010 Northeast-10 Conference Men’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award and a Northeast-10 Men’s Swimming and Diving All-Academic Team honoree.
To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence award the student-athlete must have completed at least two consecutive semesters of full-time enrollment at their current institution and at least two years of athletic eligibility at any institution. In addition, the student-athlete must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of a 3.30.
Nesrala is a business major with a 3.5 cumulative grade point average.