AUSTIN, Texas - Four University of California San Diego student-athletes have been named to the 2016-17 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Division II Academic All-America At-Large teams.
A total of 45 men and 48 women were chosen, each split into three teams. Cohn repeated as a first team selection while Byran was honored on the first team after receiving third team recognition in 2016. Zhang, a two-time Academic All-American selection, earned second team honors, moving up from his third team selection in 2016. Boyer was recognized for the first time in her career and was placed on the third team.
To be nominated for CoSIDA Academic All-America distinction, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve and hold a 3.30 cumulative GPA or higher. In addition, they must have reached at least sophomore athletic standing and have participated in no fewer than 50 percent of the team's competitions during the season.
Sports eligible for At-Large recognition are women's beach volleyball, women's bowling, fencing, women's field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, women's rowing, skiing, swimming/diving, tennis, men's volleyball, water polo and men's wrestling.
Boyer, a senior center from Honolulu, Hawai'i, was the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) Player of the Year, landing her on the All-America first team. She led UCSD and the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) in goals with 81 and points with 93 and was named the WWPA Player of the Year. She compiled a team-best 13 hat tricks to go along with 12 assists, 34 steals and 13 penalties drawn. A literature/writing major, Boyer boasts a 3.62 GPA.
A senior breaststroker from Paradise Valley, Ariz., Bryan was a two-time All-American at her fourth NCAA Championships in her four years as a Triton. She won the 100 breaststroke at the Pacific Collegiate Swimming and Diving (PCSC) Championships and was the 200 breaststroke champion at the A3 Performance Invite. A team tri-captain, Bryan has a 3.70 GPA as a physiology/neuroscience major.
At the NCAA Championships, Cohn earned one All-American accolade with three All-America honorable mentions as a senior freestyle and backstroke specialist. He was a four-time PCSC champion and earned the NCAA's Elite 90 award for maintaining the top GPA among the men's swimmer and divers at the finals site. A native of Solana Beach, Cohn is a music major with a 3.97 GPA.
Zhang, a junior from Irvine, has a 3.91 GPA as a human biology major. On the court, he was ranked No. 49 nationally in singles and went 14-6 in singles, good for the most wins on the team. In doubles, he finished with a 13-7 record, also boasting the most wins on the team.
The four Tritons join Adam Klie (men's basketball), Sam Palano (men's soccer) and Kiera Bocchino (women's soccer) as Academic All-Americans, bringing UCSD's 2016-17 total to seven. This is the sixth straight year in which UC San Diego has had four or more Academic All-Americans. UCSD now has 77 all-time Academic All-Americans.